Curtain Rod Recycling

Can old metal curtain rods be recycled?

Yes, old metal curtain rods can be recycled. Many scrap metal recyclers will accept them for recycling and repurposing. Before dropping off the metal curtain rods at a recycling center or scrap metal yard, make sure to remove any curtains, finials (end caps), or other decorative pieces that may have been attached to the rod.

Can I recycle curtain rings?

Yes, you can recycle curtain rings. Most curtain rings are made from metal and can be recycled in your local recycling center. If the rings are made of plastic, they should still be recyclable as long as they are numbered 1 or 2 on the bottom. 

What recyclable materials are in curtain rods?

Curtain rods can typically be recycled if they contain materials such as aluminum, steel, plastic, or wood. Metal curtain rods are usually made from either aluminum or steel and can usually be recycled without any problems. Although Cohen only recycles metal, learn more about where to recycle non-metal materials.

What are the benefits of recycling my curtain rods?

Recycling your curtain rods has several benefits. One of the main advantages is that it helps reduce waste and conserves natural resources, such as metal. Recycling also reduces the amount of energy used to manufacture new products, which can help protect the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

What are the risks of not recycling my curtain rods?

Not recycling your curtain rods poses a few risks to the environment. One risk is that materials from the curtains will end up in landfills, where they can take hundreds of years to decompose and cause pollution. The other risk is that non-recyclable metals used in curtain rods—such as steel and aluminum—will end up in incinerators, where they will release toxic fumes into the atmosphere. 

Can I make money from recycling my curtain rods?

Recycling curtain rods is a great way to get paid, but it’s more than just tossing them in the bin. Factors like hazardous waste can mean extra handling and create small fees for recyclers. Even with a small fee, you’re making the world around you greener and your own life leaner – helping both the environment and economy while decluttering at home. 

Find A Scrap Yard

Cohen operates several public and commercial recycling centers in Ohio and Kentucky.