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Recycling strings ?

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Can old strings be thrown in with recycling waste? I would doubt it given that they’re generally a combination of metals ? Sorry if this has already but I couldn’t find a forum on it.

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I put my old strings in the recycling, but there again, I use stainless steel's, so the only different metal in there would be the ball ends (brass?). I'd assume that nickel plated strings should be OK too, as they're still steel.

Guess it might be different for coated strings (like Elixir's for example), and phosphor bronze acoustic strings.

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There was somebody here who used to take them - voluntary project IIRC.

Can't recall who, probably buried in the depths of the BC archive..

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Recycle.

It does not matter if there is some coating. That plastic related stuff and silk will be separated in the processes. Also iron, nickel, chrome, cobalt etc. can be separated from each other. That tiny brass part or bronze goes along, no need to worry.

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Not as worthy as donating to charity, but I've given mine to a couple of jewellery makers in the past and they reported positively on the various uses

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I asked in a studio I used to practice in as they had a recycling bin.

They said no, not recycled, have to go in general waste.

Most Council recycling schemes don’t have the facilities to recycle them.

 

 

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I teach kids at my local school. Some one them could do with better strings but can’t afford them. Always welcome to take them off you. A boil up and they will sound much better! = happy you bass players! 

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