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If my recycling program accepts aluminum cans, will they take aluminum mini-blind slats?

Asked by ETpro (34436points) June 2nd, 2013

I don’t mind disassembling the blinds. The fittings and top rail are recyclable plastic, but if I cut the aluminum blind slats free of the cording, will a recycling program that accepts aluminum, tin (sic) and steel cans be able to add them to the aluminum can mix?

They are trashed, so I can’t donate them to a thrift store. But I hate to needlessly fill up a landfill with them.

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Seaofclouds's avatar

They can be recycled, but you may need to call to see if your program accepts them.

ETpro's avatar

@Seaofclouds Good idea. I know the blind slats are just as easy to recycle as an aluminum can. What I don’t know if if the people employed to sort recyclables coming in to the recycling center will know what they are made of and what to do with them.

YARNLADY's avatar

Didn’t they give you a number to call? Ours gives us a whole calendar for the year with all kinds of information and even pictures of the stuff they allow or don’t allow, and phone numbers to call.

Dutchess_III's avatar

They should.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Doubtful. The slats likely have some paint/colored coating on them. The recycler might take them, but it’s not a slam dunk.

marinelife's avatar

Maybe. I would call and ask first.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

You can call a metal recycling place, the kind that takes batteries, old refrigerators, iron blocks from cars. We had a can and bottle recycling plan in the town with the trash, we were in. I took an old and broken aluminum ladder to salvage / recycling place and got $8.00. They asked for a drivers license for proper ID in case it was stolen. LOL

woodcutter's avatar

The slats would be separated into the cleaned aluminum bin. I’m sure the cans have a section all to themselves.

filmfann's avatar

There are 2 local recycle places in the town I live. One will take them, the other won’t.
I tried to take an aluminum ladder to the latter, and they didn’t want it.

chyna's avatar

@ETpro Let us know what you find out.

ETpro's avatar

Clearly there is no definitive answer on this other than it depends on the facility that services one’s area. So I will call tomorrow and find out. Thanks, everyone, and I will let you know what I learn.

ETpro's avatar

They don’t take them. But a quick Internet search of how to recycle them turned up the fact that I don’t even have to break them down into their individual component parts. Any Blinds to Go store will take them no matter where they were purchased. They have a recycler who does process them, and they consolidate them and send them there. I have a Blinds to Go store in the shopping center that’s no more than a short walk from home. So problem solved and no landfills were bloated in solving it.

elbanditoroso's avatar

@ETpro – I think we were all blind to that possibility. Thanks for opening our eyes.

gondwanalon's avatar

I had a cast iron bench, a very large aluminum awning, and a 300 pound iron wood burning stove that I wanted to recycle bur didn’t know how or where to go. So I put an ad on Craigslist for all of that stuff for free. I got 3 calls within a half hour. A guy who is a professional recycler came an took everything that afternoon. It gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling that I recycled those items and helped some one with his business and it didn’t cost me a dime.

ETpro's avatar

@elbanditoroso Thanks.

@gondwanalon Way to go. Good kitty.

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