Can I Recycle Old Kitchen Cookware and Tools?

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Q: In honor of Earth Day, I was wondering if you could suggest an earth-friendly way to get rid of exhausted kitchen gear. It's time to get rid of my melted spatula and scratched-up omelet pan but would hate for them to go to a landfill if they can be recycled. Any suggestions?

Sent by Amelia

Editor: Amelia, yes, we have definitely sent old plastic cookware out in the recycling bin. Check your local guidelines.

For more discussion, check out these topics at Re-Nest:

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And here's one more resource on this:

Recycle or reuse old pots and pans at GreenYour

Readers, any advice for Amelia?

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