As a follow-up to our article “Non-Stick Cookware: Friend or Foe?” we have been busy researching and planning ways to properly recycle your non-stick cookware.
Our recycling ideas are below. Please leave us a comment to let us know your thoughts!
1. Donate your cookware to Journey 4 A Cure.
In coordination with Journey 4 A Cure, we will be having a “cookware donation drive” (Date TBD). Journey 4 A Cure is a local non-profit foundation born from the loss of an 11 month old baby boy named Declan Carmical and inspired by the amazing support his family received throughout their journey.
Once all metal cookware items have been donated, we will recycle them as scrap metal. Potomac Metals Incorporated in Sterling, VA, has agreed to pay an additional $0.05 per pound (above normal pricing of $0.05-$3.40/pound, depending on metal type) for every piece of metal cookware donated. All monies raised through donation of used cookware will be donated to Journey 4 A Cure.
If you would like to donate your non-stick pots and pans to Journey 4 A Cure immediately, I am happy to collect and hold them. Just leave me a comment below.
Scrap metal companies like Potomac Metal Incorporated are everywhere. Check your local yellowpages.com for scrap metal company listings.
Con-Serve Industries (CSI) is one example of a company that accepts metals with regular recycling trash. All you have to do is call your recycling provider, ask, and if they accept cookware, leave it in your recycling bin.
Most local landfills recycle metals. However, they have to be dropped off separately from your normal trash, in order to be recycled. Some landfills take them for free while others will impose a charge. Either way, it’s worth calling your local landfill to find out their policy. The local landfill will then break the items down and recycle the scrap metal.