When cookware and bakeware tends to wear out, and once it starts to peel and is not suitable to donate, stop before you throw it out! There are ways to recycle cookware and old pots and pans that come in handy if that time has come for your kitchen items.
The first thing to do is to check with your local recycling center. We wish it was the same for every city, but recycling guidelines vary depending on local infrastructure. Sometimes plastic cookware and utensils should not be put in your recycling bin, whereas other times it may depend on the type of plastic. That’s why giving your recycling center a call helps.
If you’re dealing with recycling metal pots and pans, whether it be aluminum or steel, it is more likely they can be recycled through a scrap metal facility. The plastic handles, or other parts of the cookware made from various materials, are usually able to be separated when they are processed. A steel mill, for example, reduces pollution and mining waste by 70% when it recycles scrap steel.
National Cookware Recycling Programs
The Calphalon ReNew program is available when you purchase Calphalon multi-piece cookware sets. Calphalon emphasizes on their website that over 80% of items in landfills could have been recycled.