Car Keys Are Often E-Waste
Car keys with remote functions are electronic. Any item that contains electronic parts needs to be disposed of with e-waste.
No Plastic and Electronics? It's Scrap Metal
Keys that are not covered in plastic can be disposed of with scrap metal. Find out how to dispose of scrap metal.
Throw Out if Covered in Plastic
If the key itself isn’t electronic but is covered in plastic, throw it away. Plastic is a contaminant for scrap metal recycling.
Alternative Ways to Recycle
Ways to Reuse
Use as Hanging Weights
Around the house, sometimes it’s difficult to keep curtains or tablecloths orderly. Try sewing a few old keys along the edge of a curtain or tablecloth to keep them in place on a windy day.
There are a number of crafty ways to reuse keys. For instance, keys can be hung on trees or wreaths during the holidays. You can also repurpose small keys as jewelry.