Quick Recycling Tip: How to Recycle Metal Coat Hangers

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This post is part of an attempt to do something like 100 recycling tips for damn near anything in something close to, anyway, 100 days. We’ll see how that goes. When the 100 Recycling Tips are all published here on Easy Ways to Go Green, we’ll do a master list so that every link exists on one single page for everyone to be able to link over to, or to use as a reference guide when questions on how to recycle different things in your life inevitably come up.

How to Recycle 100 Common Things: #23 Recycling Metal Coat Hangers

How to Recycle Metal Coat Hangers

How to Recycle Metal Coat Hangers

Let’s say you work in some kind of corporate job that asks you to wear a suit, a sport coat or nice shirts to work most days. Let’s say you have a slew of vintage dresses from high end designers. What about a heavy winter coat? If you’re in any of these spots, and most of us are, then your wardrobe necessitates trips to the dry cleaners. And trips to the dry cleaners means you’re going to be bringing home plenty of those metal coat hangers.

Wrapped in a thin plastic and often including a branded over-slip of paper, we wanted to know how exactly to go about recycling those pesky metal coat hangers from dry cleaners.

A somewhat recent Fox News study notes that the numbers for percentages of metal coat hangers that DO NOT get recycled is staggering, at 90 percent or higher each year. Whether this is because consumers don’t realize that you can recycle these items, or because they frankly just don’t know how — remains to be seen. But as is the case with many household items, a little bit of education on the process can go a long way towards creating a greener place for all of us. So yes, metal coat hangers are recyclable. Here’s some more information on how to do it.

Like many cheap or seemingly disposable metal objects, metal coat hangers can be recycled as scrap metal. It is important to note that several city-wide programs don’t include metal coat hangers in the list of items accepted in curb-side recycling bins. If you’re really in a pickle about how to go about recycling metal coat hangers, at the very least consider bringing them back to your local neighborhood dry cleaners, and nearly all of them will accept the hangers for re-use.

Helpful Links on Recycling Metal Coat Hangers From Dry Cleaners:

Search by “Metal Coat Hangers” or “Soy Milk Container and “Your City Name or Zip Code” at Earth 911 and find the closest recycling center near you.

Check out the eHow page for more info on Wire Coat Hangers, and find info on recycling.

Information on Recycling Wire Coat Hangers at Daily Nightly.

How to Recycle Wire Coat Hangers on Green Answers.

Find out from Recycle This UK! about recycling or reusing wire coat hangers.


  1. I’m loving your 100 Tips for Recycling Common Things. As far as wire hangers go, I use them when I sell my old clothing at consignment shops. Not all shops ask you to supply your own hangers, but if they do it’s a great way to re-use metal ones.

  2. the city’s main recycling contractor, collects metals, plastics, paper and other items collected metals recycling at city drop-off locations.

  3. Alpco Recycling, Inc. recycles all types of metal recycling,motor vehicles. We also offer services to tow your vehicle in or you can bring it in yourself.

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