Tuesday, August 25, 2009

How To Reuse and Recycle Old Pots And Pans

If you've recently updated your kitchenware or you have pots and pans that are worn out, DON'T THROW THEM AWAY! There are many ways to reuse and recycle your old pots and pans.

Reuse
  • Remove the handles and use the pans as pet food or water dishes. The heavy weight makes them work well for this.
  • Give them to kids to play with in their pretend kitchen.
  • If they are in decent shape, consider donating them to Salvation Army, Goodwill, or another charitable organization.
  • If you are into camping, consider saving old pans to take on camping trips to save your newer or nicer ones from getting damaged.

Recycle
Find out what the pan or pot is made out of. If the item is aluminum, it can be put in most recycling bins. Magnets do not stick to aluminum so this is a good way to test the item if you are unsure. If it is steel, check with your local steel scrap yard to see if they will accept them. Many scrap yards will pay your for the steel!

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