How to Recycle Old Tools

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You’re doing a bit of decluttering and find you have some old tools in the garage or workshop that are beyond repair. Before you just toss them in the trash, here’s what you need to know about recycling old tools.

Contact the Dealer

Some tool companies, such as Bosch, allow customers to drop off their old power tools at one of their dealers or service centers. These tools are then properly disassembled and taken to recycling centers. Check the tool manufacturer’s website to see if it participates in such a program.

Sell it for Scrap

If the broken tool is made of metal, you can try separating the metal from the rest of the tool and selling it for scrap. “Metal is one of the few items that you can regularly recycle for money, although you’ll usually get paid by the pound,” according to earth911. The website offers information on how to recycle scrap metal, along with a metal recycling locator.

Remove the Battery

If the old tool has a rechargeable battery, be sure to remove it for recycling. Rechargeable batteries go through a different recycling process than single-use batteries, according to Call2Recycle.

Still unsure? Check with earth911 for answers on all types of recycling, including details on where to recycle old tools in your area.


Originally Published on The Family Handyman