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What do you do with aged kitchen ware?

I always have a dilemma when buying new stuff for the kitchen as to what to do with the old stuff. I end up throwing it in the trash but surely there is a way to reuse/recycle them. What to do?

Glassware - not accepted in recycle bins.

Flatware - I don't think our recycle accepts this either

Pans with teflon ?

Old toasters/toaster ovens ?

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  1. Assuming that the items are still functional, donate them to a charity that has use for them -- e.g., one that assists immigrants, domestic violence victims, or others setting up households.

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    1. re: masha

      We've been doing lots of downsizing of furniture and household stuff, including kitchen ware. We've become regulars at calling Salvation Army for pickups of big items.

      If you have any kinds of thrift stores in your area, they'd probably welcome donations. Or, you could consider consignment, but stores in our area typically don't take kitchen stuff.

    2. Check and see if you have an active Freecycle group in your area:


      1. Your old electronic items should be recycled. Where I live, the high schools are using e-cycle events for fund raising. They really want TVs, but will take the toaster ovens and coffee makers. If it plugs in, you can get rid of it that way.

        1. In a city, you can set them on the curb and they will disappear.

          1. Our local hospital's hospice has a thrift store where I can donate any of those items except for toasters. Our garbage company has a dropoff for electric/electronic items. And as others have mentioned, I've put things out by the road with a free sign and they usually go away quickly. I wouldn't put glass out for fear of breakage.

            1. If the item is usable, donate to Goodwill.

              I am surprised that glassware is not accepted for recycling.

              Flatware can be donated to Goodwill. I've picked through a flatware bin before for a staff room, years ago.

              Likewise, the older but usable small electrics.

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              1. re: sueatmo

                I was surprised by the glassware also. I can't put broken glass in recycle but no mention of glassware. I love going through the houseware section at our thrift store. And some years ago when we were staying on Cape Cod, the house had one, I believe, wine glass. A quick trip to a nearby thrift store took care of that :)

              2. Hi, Jpan99:

                My vote is to donate to your local thrift store, and then replace items with something you hopefully will never need to discard.


                1. Our recycling accepts glass in all colors, broken is OK. If it's not damaged, I find a way to pass it on. Typically I keep using my stuff until there's a reason not to :)

                  I used to work someplace that had a dishwasher. Others 'borrowed' items I took in for my own use, so I ended up donating them to the kitchen there.

                  Here we have a night shelter for homeless people that also helps people transition to their own housing. They have a constant need for any usable household item.

                  1. If the stuff is still decent and workable, you can find a local charity or such place to donate it to. I have a monastery near me with a large kitchen that has been thrilled with the used items that I have donated. It's a win-win situation.

                    1. Agree with the others-goodwill, hospital or other charity thrift shop or free cycle.

                      Another option is do you have any young people in your life? My nieces started setting up there first college apt's in the past few years so I held onto all my serviceable stuff for them. Saved them a ton of $$ and no worries it would be stolen and even less worry leaving them behind for the next tenant.

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                      1. re: foodieX2

                        Great idea! I don't know what I would have done if the relatives hadn't provided hand-me-downs.

                        1. re: foodieX2

                          Most of my first kitchen came from my late grandmother, who passed right before I signed my first lease. Kinda comforting having her old stuff with me as I had loved cooking with her. And I didn't feel bad about upgrading with my wedding registry as now most of her stuff is camping cookware (car camping)