There are numerous reasons to dispose of old cookware. You may have upgraded to a new model, the cooking surface may have eroded over time, or perhaps you are merging kitchen supplies with a new roommate or partner. For some items, recycling your old cookware is an option, but there are a few variables to consider first. Can Your Cookware Be Reused? If you need to dispose of pots and pans, the first option to consider is reuse. Sites like Craigslist and Freecycle are good options for finding your cookware a new home, as are secondhand stores like Goodwill and Salvation Army. A few scratches or dings may matter to you, but that doesn’t make your pots and pans unusable. Where Can You Recycle Your Cookware? For pots and pans that have seen better days, recycling is an option, but likely not your curbside bin. Unless your curbside recycling program accepts scrap metal (only about 5% of the curbside programs in Earth911’s recycling directory fit this description), recycling will take a little more effort. Most cookware is going to have some portion of metal, and for recycling purposes, you’ll want to know whether it is ferrous or nonferrous metal […]

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