Recycling is a great way to make money while also doing your duty to the planet and future generations. Aluminum cans will generally earn you 7 cents per can on average in most states and regions. The general price for recycled cans is about $0.60 per pound. Scrap aluminum costs about $0.48 per pound in most areas. Local cost of living, demand, and larger economic factors lead to fluctuations in these pricing baselines.