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Residential Recycling

A common question in curbside recycling is whether or not bulky metals, such as frying pans, are acceptable in the recycle bin with aluminum and steel cans.


This is a good question, since metal pots and pans are certainly recyclable. However, the avenue to recycle these items resides at scrap metal facilities and bulky metal drop-off locations. In other words, the single-stream recycle bin is not the place for bulky metals.

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  • Jessie Harrison says #
    My husband used to be a welder and constantly had little projects going on. We decided that this week we are going to get rid of t
  • Midwest Fiber Recycling says #
    Hi Jessie! Thank you for your interest in recycling! Although scrap metal toters can hold quite a bit of material, the size and w
  • Eliza Cranston says #
    Thanks for sharing these options for recycling scrap metal. I have a lot of steel and aluminum scrap in my shed that I need to do


It takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than it does to make it from raw materials. Making recycled steel saves 60%, recycled newspaper 40%, recycled plastics 70%, and recycled glass 40%. These savings far outweigh the energy created as by-products of incineration and landfilling.

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