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How to Recycle Aluminum Step Ladders

Take your aluminium step ladders to a scrap metal yard and get paid cash for them. Aluminium is a valuable recyclable material that can be reused indefinitely. The atomic structure of aluminium does not change during the melting process. This means that the metal is not consumed so the recycling process requires less energy than the production process. Consequently, recycling aluminium is more productive and cost efficient than producing it. Some cities provide kerbside recycling services or you can drop aluminium step ladders off at recycling centres. Recycling aluminium is a smart choice no matter how you do it.

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  1. Put the ladder in your recycling bin if it fits and your city has a kerbside service recycling program. Call the local sanitation department to find out what your city's specific instructions are regarding aluminium recyclables.

  2. Take aluminium step ladders to a community recycling drop-off centre during business hours. Place the ladders in the appropriate bins. Call Earth 911 at 800-253-2687 or go to the website and enter your zip code to locate a drop-off centre near you.

  3. Sell aluminium step ladders to a scrap metal facility. Look in the yellow pages of the phone book to locate scrap metal yards near your area. Some scrap metal dealers will not buy aluminium ladders containing excessive amounts of rust or that have a strong magnetic pull. Check with the scrap metal facility to find out what their specific requirements are.

  4. Donate aluminium step ladders to charity organisations such as Habitat For Humanity, Salvation Army or Goodwill.

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About the Author

Mona Culberson began working on the assembly line at a large manufacturing company in 1983, where she worked her way up into several positions of business responsibility. In 2005, she began a career in roofing, interior design and remodeling. She works daily as a professional painter/home remodeler/handywoman while lending her husband's roofing business a helping hand in her spare time.

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