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3 Top Ways to Recycle Wire Clothes Hangers

Posted on February 22, 2010 at 7:40 AM

I've decided to become more practical this year and offer up ideas that people have been asking me. I recently got a surge of searches for how to recycle or reuse those pesky metal wire clothes hangers. 

Although they are made of steel, most metal hangers have a petroleum polymer coating on them that makes recycling the metal more of a challenge. Contact your town's environment department to check if they will accept the wire hangers. If you live in an area that accepts metal hangers as part of curbside recycling, take advantage of it. You can also drop them off at scrap metal recycling facilities.

Because of this polymer coating, I wouldn't recommend using these to roast marshmallows, hot dogs, or 'smores. Besides, metal is a great heat conductor and you could get a nasty burn.

Recycle

So for safe and useful ways to recycle them, drop them off at local dry cleaners and they will by reuse them again. While you’re there ask them to consider cutting down on their hangers. Our local dry cleaner now only folds items like sweaters, shirts, and blouses rather than put them on hangers, and packages them in paper bags that are easier to recycle.

You can give your metal hangers to any charity shop or second hand store. They use them for hanging clothes on their sale racks. You can also offer them up on Freecycle or similar web sites. Someone will want them and this will keep them out of the landfill.

Reuse

Reusing your metal clothes hangers is a great option. If you have been following this blog, you'll have seen the peanut bird feeder wreath that I made for my backyard and also the autumn maple leaf wreath. But there are loads of other, more creative, ways to repurpose these metal hangers at home. You can use them in the garden, in the house and in your arts and crafts projects. Just use your imagination!

Upcycle


Of course, if you are an artist, metal clothes hangers are just raw material for your latest project. Be inspired by this untitled sculptures of paper-clad wire hangers by Dan Steinhilbe and David Mach.

Categories: Wire Coat Hangers, Crafts

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2 Comments

Reply gebrichi
8:01 AM on December 21, 2014 
Jerry - Check your local dry cleaners for unwanted wire coat hangers. Good luck.
Reply jerry
2:40 AM on December 21, 2014 
hi there i may have a use 4 these unwanted metal coathangers if anyone has any they dont want but im still in my early stages of designing a useful product out of them but yes in the near future