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Where to Recycle a stainless steel pot or pan?
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Where to Recycle a stainless steel pot or pan?

“What is the best way to recycle a stainless steel pot or pan.  I am asking about a pan that has a little bit of rust on the bottom, on the inside where you would place your food to cook.” – Stainless Recycling Record

What a good question for Where Can I Wednesday, Stainless Recycling Record!

Where to Recycle Stainless Steel Pots and Pans

There are a few reasons to get rid of old pots and pans. Maybe you moved. Maybe you got a roommate. Maybe you got rid of a roommate. Or just have shiny new pans. (I’m loving my new cast iron skillet…)

If your stainless steel pots and pans are in decent shape, it’s a good idea to donate or reuse. Between Craigslist, Freecycle, Facebook Buy Nothing Project and thrift stores, there are people who will take old cooking ware with a few scratches off your hands.

If your pans are rusty or in poor condition, you’ll want to consider recycling next.

Stainless steel pots and pans can’t be put in single-stream recycling bins.

Instead, you can drop it off at a metal recycler. Not sure where there’s a metal recycler? Good news, we did a previous recycling post on that!

As a last resort, (sadly) throw it in the trash.

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Julie Hancher
Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake. View all posts by Julie Hancher
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