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Old 12-10-09, 12:36 AM
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steel frame recycling

I figure this has been discussed already, but couldn't find any threads about recycling old frames, so here's a thread about it.

I have an old steel frame that is a goner (slight crimping of the down-tube from a crach, fork likely experienced trauma as well). It's too cheap to repair the frame, so I stripped the parts off.

Now the question: what to do with the frame? It is steel, are are all the parts still attached to it (headset and bottom bracket and seatpost bolt). there's also a bit of grease in the bottom bracket and headset.

Are there easy ways to recycle this piece of steel?
What have other people done with recycling frames?
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Originally Posted by timcupery View Post
Are there easy ways to recycle this piece of steel?
What have other people done with recycling frames?
Make furniture out of it. See samples at https://cartwrightdesign.com/furniture.php

The local Community Cycling Center takes in junkers, strips usable parts, and recycles the balance. They've also used junk frames to build fences, gates, and other outdoor accoutrements: https://www.communitycyclingcenter.or...hop/recycling/
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NC isn't the "biggest" state on all things recyclable, I live there (here) and things are progressing but still.... Take it to an LBS or call 'em first. Having managed stores, non-bike stores and landlording a bike store for a spell, all of which were in the NE, collectively we separated-out dif. metals, called the man every couple few months and he would oblige. I let the kid tending to the whole affair pocket the modest tip he would receive.
No need to go crazy over preparing the junk, "they" go over it anyway. To extent that the best fate can realized by your junk, the LBS can sort it best. It's all about accumulation.
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Around here the local recycling depot has two big containers for metals. One for steel and one for all the rest.

If your area doesn't have metal recycling on a community level I'm sure there's some scrap metal yards in your area. If you're keen on doing the right thing then drop it off with them. As mentioned there's no need to prep it in any way. When it finally gets melted down all the impurities will be burned off.
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We have biweekly recycling home pickup of metal, paper and plastics. If I wanted to recycle an unusable bike frame, I'd cut it up into managable size pieces and put them into the recycling bin. That way the steel gets recycled and no one tries to use it as a bike frame.
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There has to be a salvage yard that would take, or even buy, a steel bicycle frame. Speaking from experience, a recycler bought several aluminum frames from the company I worked for in Hardeeville, SC, near Savannah, GA. I was told to dispose of several damaged cruiser frames, but netted $130 for the company instead or renting a small dumpster, and still got in trouble for not following directions.

Just dropping it off at a junk yard may get the material recycled.
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