CAN I RECYCLE MY DUCTWORK?
Yes, you can recycle any of the steel parts associated with your heating and cooling system. If you’ve found yourself with a pile of ductwork that you’d like to dispose of properly, consider recycling it.
IS IT ILLEGAL TO THROW AWAY DUCTWORK?
No, it’s not illegal. But if it’s deteriorated, you’ve most likely collected a lot of it. If so, your weekly garbage retrieval service probably won’t accept it. They’ll most likely only accept this scrap metal during heavy trash pickup (which is usually only once or twice per year).
WHAT RECYCLABLE COMPONENTS ARE PRESENT IN DUCTWORK?
HOW MUCH CAN I GET FOR MY SCRAP DUCTWORK?
Galvanized steel and aluminum are extremely valuable materials. These metals are usually worth more than other scrap metals, but since the bulk monetary reward changes frequently, there isn’t a standard amount you can expect in return for your ductwork.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY DUCTWORK NEEDS TO BE REPLACED?
There are several ways to check for failing HVAC components.
First of all, you’ll probably have the most luck finding your ductwork in the basement.
Listen: Try listening for weird noises like rattling and faint whistling.
Look: Search for scratches, dents, and breaks in the metal.
Smell: Sniff around for mildew.
If you sense any of these things, at least part of your ductwork could most likely be replaced.