By: Tori Carle, MS
Waste Reduction Supervisor
City of Greensboro, North Carolina
If you have usable pots and pans to get rid of, consider donating them! However, if you’re stuck wondering what to do with warped, scratched, or dented pots and pans, look no further.
Here in Greensboro, you can place your old pots and pans into the recycling bin. Greensboro’s recycling facility pulls out pots and pans at the beginning of the sorting process, so they don’t damage the
recycling equipment. They are put aside for pickup by a metal recycling company. Pots and pans are the only scrap metal items that can be placed in your recycling bin.
Other scrap metal items include car parts and pipes. These items are not pulled out at the beginning of the sorting process and will damage the machinery. They can also become projectiles when going through certain machines, posing a serious threat to employees working in the facility. Sharp scrap metal items or small metal items such as old nails pose another hazard to the employees.
If you have metal scraps that may be useful to someone creative, consider donating
them to Reconsidered Goods! If you have pipes, tools, or metal bits (nails, screws, door knobs, etc.) that are in usable condition, consider donating them to Habitat for Humanity ReStore. If the material is unusable,
take it to a metal recycler (a quick google search will tell you where to go!).
Pots and pans go in your recycling bin, other metal items should be donated to a local nonprofit or sold to a metal recycler.
If you have any additional questions about waste reduction, please do not hesitate to private message or email me (Tori) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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