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Getting Back To Basics With Metal Recycling

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Time to review what types of metal are and aren’t recyclable curbside. Check it out and see how much you know!

Which metal item is NOT accepted for curbside recycling?
Cooking pots, cooking sheets, and metal utensils are considered scrap metal and are not accepted for recycling.
  • Aluminum can
  • Steel can
  • Steel cooking pot
A metal container has food residue on it. What needs to be done before putting the container in the recycle?
Food residue contaminates paper recycling and creates problems at sorting centers (MRFs). Be sure to clean and dry all your recyclable containers.
  • Nothing. It can go in the recycle with some food residue
  • Clean thoroughly and dry
  • Nothing. It must be put in the garbage
How much energy can be saved by recycling aluminum?
Saving energy by recycling aluminum reduces greenhouse gases!
  • About 50 percent
  • About 90 percent
  • About 30 percent
Is a metal toaster recyclable curbside?
Toasters are e-waste, and therefore must be taken to an e-waste drop-off in order to be properly disposed of.
  • Yes
  • No
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  • Peggy La P. 8 days ago
    A toaster is not e-waste but rather a small appliance or perhaps a misc electronic. E waste is considered TV, computer, laptop, etc
  • Peggy La P. 8 days ago
    A steel pot is accepted curbside in Portland, OR
  • Cindy W. 10 days ago
    What has happened to the "Question of the Day"?
  • Helen B. 19 days ago
    We save all scrap metalsand take to scrap metal yards every year.
    • Michael M. 10 days ago
      Helen: I save all of the tin cans and take them to Amarillo, and drop them off at the city's recycling drop off point. They use the money they receive off the cans to purchase playground equipment for the parks. It helps off set the cost of purchasing the play equipment, even for the disabled kids so they can enjoy the parks too. That's why I don't mind taking it to them, instead of a regular recycling center. It gets recycled, and goes for a good cause at the same time. I usually drop off about 60 pounds a month.
  • Pam F. 20 days ago
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