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What is the best, safest way to dispose of boxes of nails?

Asked by 2davidc8 (9410points) October 11th, 2015

So, over the years, I’ve wound up with several boxes of nails. I think that some were left over by the contractor or carpenter from some construction project years ago, others I probably inherited from the previous owner of this property. They’re sitting in my garage, and I’d like to get rid of them. Most of the nails are in good condition (i.e., they are new and straight), but many in each box are bent. Many are very long, 3 to 4 inches long.

It doesn’t seem right just to dump them in the garbage. I don’t want some nails to accidentally fall out, wind up on the street and puncture tires. So, how do I dispose of them?

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Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Thank you for not wanting to put them in the garbage. Anything metal can be recycled. There are several options. One is to track down a metal scrapper. Another is to contact a local recycling center. It requires more work on your end, but it’s the right thing to do.

jaytkay's avatar

List them on Craig’s list in the free section.

List them on Craigslist for $10

Call habitat for humanity or similar local group and ask if they want them.

Cruiser's avatar

I can guarantee is you post them on Freecycle they will be taken in less than one minute and best part is you just have to put them on the curb at the agreed day and time. They come to you! How cool is that?!!

ibstubro's avatar

Great answers above, all.
If you Facebook, you could try the local Buy, sell & trade page.
Donate to the Salvation Army, Goodwill or similar thrift.
Get a board, some yarn, and make your nails happy!

Note: #3 rises in popularity in proximity to the US states of Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I’d post them on Freecycle. Like @Cruiser said they will be gone and go to a good home in a few minutes. And you will meet a really nice neighbor who you didn’t know before.

I listed 32 tomato cages. Two folks split them up and they were gone!

Coloma's avatar

Surely someone would take them, a friend, neighbor, or as others have mentioned C’sList or Freecycle.
Ironic actually, as we are treating one of our pet geese for zinc poisoning. An xray showed a small washer or nut in her gizzard. As it dissolves the metals poison birds.

They call it hardware disease and it is very common in ducks and geese that pick up small metal objects. We bought a giant rolling magnet to scour the property for any bits and pieces. A good idea if you’re having any contracting/building work.

rojo's avatar

From past experience I am pretty sure most people just pour them out the window of their moving vehicle.

2davidc8's avatar

Thanks, everyone, Freecycle sounds like a good idea.

ibstubro's avatar

Our local Goodwill recently got a big donation from a ‘home workshop’. I was amazed that they put the stuff in empty #10 cans, taped the tops over, and actually sold the stuff at $3–9 a can. You couldn’t even see the individual items in most cases – it was like a handyman’s grab-bag.
I thought the whole concept was really stupid. A week later I was talking with a friend and he said, “Now one thing they did that I really liked was putting tools and guy stuff in cans and…”.

Depends on your location. I’m small town and freecycle is nearly non-existent here, but Facebook second-hand is all the rage.

2davidc8's avatar

@ibstubro Oh? What is FB second-hand?

ibstubro's avatar

Locally it’s “Buy, sell trade” on FB. They post most anything, then have a designated spot to meet to exchange stuff. They also post stuff on th curb that can just be picked up.

I don’t FB, I just hear constant chatter about it in the thrift and antique stores.

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