In my country, there are collectors who cruise around housing estates to collect old newspapers for recycling, and even things like old car batteries, scrap metal. Previously, I used to only collect old newspapers and then pass it to them for which I get a small sum of money. Now rather than throwing away used envelopes, junk mail, company reports (I remove the staples first if they are stapled), used papers, etc. And the collectors do accept them. I do not know if I am even paid extra for it and I don't ask, but I doubt it. However, I have at least kept some stuff out of the dump sites.
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