CAN I RECYCLE MY DUCTWORK?
Yes, you can recycle any of the steel parts associated with your heating and cooling system.
While you probably can’t see most of the ducts, air-dispersing components of the HVAC system, you’ll definitely notice when the time comes to replace them.
You’ll want to fix an improperly moderated inside temperature as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, these ducts will most likely malfunction when you need them the most: during the hottest week of summer or the middle of winter.
So when it comes time to replace these bulky HVAC ducts, what do you do?
You don’t want to leave them in your garage until someone decides to use the scrap for a DIY project, and you don’t want to leave them out on the curb until trash day (mostly because you don’t even know if they’ll take it).
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?
Most ductwork is composed of steel and aluminum (both non-ferrous metals). Both materials are completely recyclable.
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.
Through ductwork recycling, you’re taking steps to reduce your carbon footprint and promoting a healthier environment for us all.