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Which Of These Metals Can You Recycle Curbside? 5

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Most metals can (theoretically) be recycled, but only certain metals can be put in your recycle bin. Do you know which?

Remember: Steel cans, aluminum cans, and clean aluminum foil are generally accepted, but always check with your hauler before putting an item in your curbside recycle.

It’s a shame to put valuable materials in the trash, so what can you do with metal objects that can’t be put in your recycle bin? You can take them to a scrap metal yard, or if they are still in good condition, you can donate or sell them. Learn more about metal recycling »


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  • Diane M. 1 day ago
    I try to recycle metal as much as possible. I don't like filling my trash with anything that can be recycled. I usually check behind certain things my family might toss in garbage.
  • gabriela A. 18 days ago
    It really upsets me when I collect recyclables and I put them outside on collection day, and sometimes I'll see strangers pass by and go through our cans and take them. It's a city code enforcement violation to do that, but they still do it. :/
    • Debbie K. 18 days ago
      maybe they are so pitifully poor they need it. i set a separate basket with 5cent bottles and cans for the "can people" we dont consume much soda so its not often. they are happy to get the $$ and i am happy and blessed i dont have to earn my living by picking through trash. your trash is helping someone else eat
  • Carla S. 23 days ago
    100
  • James F. 28 days ago
    If you put out metal for roadside collection, you're an idiot. Its worth real money. There are plenty of recyclers who will PAY YOU for scrap. You just need to clean it and bring it to them. Especially the stuff "Recyclebank" says in unacceptable and must be thrown in the trash, keys are brass, about $1/lb , copper wire is worth $2.50/lb, a dead lead/acid car battery is worth $0.40/lb plastic case and acid included and these "green" people want you to throw that away in the trash, brilliant. I give this post 10 minutes and they delete it. I make about $200/year on the broken junk that piles up each year. Note - you are better off scrapping a dead battery than accepting the "core charge" refund. Core charges are typically $5 but a dead battery is worth more as scrap.
    • Sandra A. 27 days ago
      Wow, that's awesome. People may not know this info that you just shared, or simply it's not feasible for them to take to a scrap metal place. It was nice of you to share the info.
    • David S. 27 days ago
      Nowhere in the post did I read where they state that anything that can't be put out for recycling should be thrown away in the trash. In fact, unless the post was changed after your comment, this is what they state: "It’s a shame to put valuable materials in the trash, so what can you do with metal objects that can’t be put in your recycle bin? You can take them to a scrap metal yard, or if they are still in good condition, you can donate or sell them."
      You make it sound like everyone should be doing what you do. Maybe some people don't have the time or space to store the items until they have enough to make the trip worth it. Or maybe some people lack the means of being able to take what they could save to a scrap yard. I was an automotive technician all my lie until becoming disabled, but now I can no longer drive myself anywhere. In the auto repair business, all of the non-warranty "cores", (parts that were removed and replaced during the repair of a car), that were recyclable were saved and when the "core guy" came by once a month, he would buy them from us. I still do this with what I'm able to collect, I call him when I have enough to make it worth his time to make the drive to my house. Even that may not work for someone who can't make it to a recycle facility though, I already had a good rapport with him.
    • CHERYL E. 27 days ago
      I recycled old metal I had from a swimming pool. The scraper I took it to said they take it if it does not stick to a magnet.
    • Jeff W. 27 days ago
      The article was merely stating which metals should and could go into most of our recycling bins. The very bottom of the article, which is the last paragraph states, "It’s a shame to put valuable materials in the trash, so what can you do with metal objects that can’t be put in your recycle bin? You can take them to a scrap metal yard, or if they are still in good condition, you can donate or sell them. Learn more about metal recycling".

      This website always suggests alternative ways to handle materials and the last resort is the landfill.
    • David S. 26 days ago
      Thanks Jeff for backing me up. I didn't want to make the post any longer, but I had also wanted to state that not all scrap yards will accept all metals. There are many places in my area, but to scrap every piece of metal that I might have, I would need to go to more than one of them because this one doesn't accept aluminum, that one doesn't accept copper, and still the other one doesn't accept metal that is magnetic. So what is a person to do that can drive for themselves? Drive all over town using their gas to make an extra $16 a month? I used James F's statement of how much he makes a year. To make $200 a year, that's A LOT of metal.
  • Tammy S. 28 days ago
    Great!!! I got 100 and got another achievement as well. Thank you "Recyclebank"
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