Do your pans need to go to cookware heaven? Learn the recycling laws
or find a list of metal recyclers in your area.
must take care when recycling your used cookware. It is important to
make sure to separate the lids and handles from the actual cookware.
If you look closely, you will find that they are typically made with a
different material than the cookware, which means they cannot be
recycled together. Some handles are designed to easily detach. Others
may take a little bit of effort on your part. For these, it may be as
easy as pulling a screwdriver out of the toolbox to aid in the removal
of the handles.
Recycling your aluminum, stainless steel, and
cast iron cookware is relatively easy. Most of the time, you can
recycle this as scrap metal at a drop off facility in your community.
Check out our list of â€œScrap Metal Recyclers by Stateâ€ for a convenient
location near you. Before you recycle your used cookware, you need to
take`time`to separate any other materials associated with the
cookware. Your handles and lids could be composed of various materials
including glass, phenolic, silicone, or stainless steel. For those of
you unfamiliar with phenolic, this is a material used frequently for
handles on pots and pans, plugs on electronic devices, and screw-tops
on sodas among many other things. Phenolic is commonly used in
cookware and other things because it is an affordable thermal
insulator. All of these materials (glass, phenolic, silicone, and
stainless steel) are recyclable.
Your method of recycling glass, phenolic, silicone, and stainless steel
will depend on your community. It may be as simple as leaving your
handles and lids out in front of your house or dropping them off at a
nearby facility if you live in a highly environmental conscious
community. If youâ€™re not sure, visit your stateâ€™s main website and
search for recycling information. You should easily be able to locate
instructions on recycling these materials online. You can also look
in your local Yellow Pages for recycling information or call your local
government recycling program.