What do I do with…?
What is metal? Metal is made from ore mined from the Earth. It may a pure chemical element such as copper or an alloy (a blend of elements) such as steel, which is iron & carbon. Ferrous metals contain iron while non-ferrous metals such as aluminum do not.
Why is metal waste a problem? All metals are recyclable in theory, therefore maximizing recycling is more efficient than mining & refining ore. However, our technological society has successfully combined materials in many consumer goods in such a way that makes recycling the metals within various products extremely difficult. For metals that are easy to recycle, even though access to metal recycling is common, only 70% of tin cans and less than 50% of aluminum cans are recycled in the U.S. each year despite the fact that aluminum cans can be recycled infinitely into new aluminum cans.
Examples: aluminum cans, tin cans, scrap metal, steel, copper, brass, bronze, camping fuel canisters, aerosol cans
Reduce the amount of metal you throw away; most metals can be reused or recycled, so there is no need to waste these valuable materials
Metal items are a great alternative to single use options; try metal water bottles or metal straws rather than plastic single use bottles and straws
Repurpose rebar and other scrap metal into rustic furniture pieces, or home decor items
Donate metal hangers to laundromats or dry cleaners
Home Resource takes a variety of metal items; call to confirm acceptance policies
Aluminum screen doors with complete frame, aluminum double pane windows, furnaces, stove pipe, venting, ducting, hardware, metal roofing, etc.
Shop for reused and repurposed metal items before buying new from hardware stores
Camping fuel canisters - Check out this recycling information from MSR
Aerosol cans - Check out these tips from Earth911
Vehicles, appliances, tin
ferrous metals (mild steel, carbon steel, stainless steel, cast iron, wrought iron)
non-ferrous metals (aluminum, copper, brass, die cast, radiators, stainless steel, catalytic converters)
Axmen Recycling – call to confirm current acceptance policies
Aluminum beverage cans, steel cans, scrap metal
Check out their recycling guide for what they do and do not accept
Collection Service Options:
Garden City Recycling collects aluminum beverage cans and tin food cans
Republic Services collects aluminum beverage cans and tin food cans as well as scrap metal
7655 US Highway 10 West
9775 Summit Drive
1515 Wyoming St.
Pacific Steel and Recycling
Republic Services Recycling Center
3207 W Broadway Street