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What to do with old non-stick cookware?

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I just purchased an enamelled dutch oven and a couple of nice Cuisinart nonstick pans to replace my 2 year old T-Fal and ecolution pans. They have scratches on them and I don't think they are safe to cook in anymore. But, I'm not sure how to dispose the old ones. Disposing them in the trash seems like such a waste (My garbage company supposedly sorts the recyclables. So, I don't have to do it myself). Can I sell/donate it to Salvation Army? Any suggestion will be appreciated.

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  1. Sell -- probably not.

    Donate -- yes.

    I know Calphalon has a recycle program if you buy their cookware. I am not sure if they would take in cookware without purchasing theirs.

    http://www.calphalon.com/giftregistry...

    1. If you don't think they are safe to use, I would suggest throwing them away rather than foisting them on someone who may not be aware of that fact.

      1. I'd try recycling it. Some of it might be recyclable. It is easier to do if you can just sent mixed recyclables to the curb.

        1. Check with your city's recycling program. Some take them, others do not.

          http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/home_...

          1. "They have scratches on them and I don't think they are safe to cook in anymore"

            So why would you want to donate them to someone???

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            1. re: ttoommyy

              Well, I read somewhere that lots of people reuse pans by sanding off the teflon or whatever is the top most layer. I'd like to explore all my options.

              1. re: Desicook

                "Well, I read somewhere that lots of people reuse pans by sanding off the teflon or whatever is the top most layer. I'd like to explore all my options."

                Fair enough. But I'm not sure the average person walking into a Salvation Army might know that. I didn't.

            2. RECYCLE!
              After much searching and dead ends, I've found this site to have some good, up-to-date leads for local recyclers with free dropoff options:
              http://earth911.com/

              Unfortunately government sponsored programs are invariably a hard to navigate, maddingly incomplete matrix of recycling options. In this large county we have curbside bins for 'CRV' type bottles and cans and a weekly dropoff point for e-waste and household (toxic chemical) waste. Period. Grrrr.

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              1. re: DiveFan

                I tried that link. Unfortunately, there is no option close to where I live (Boston Metrowest). However, my apartment manager says out garbage company takes care of sorting the trash and recycling. So, guess I can just throw them in the trash.

              2. If I decide something isn't usable any more, I wouldn't donate it as is, and I probably wouldn't repair it (if possible) before donating it - in that case I might as well keep it. Throw it away.

                1. I finally threw it in the trash. Garbage company will recycle it and I have more space in my cabinet for my new pans. Thanks all for helping me make a decision!