Are the pots and pans in usable condition to be donated? If so, try taking them to your local thrift shop, like Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
Not likely in your residential recycling bin, check with your waste hauler. However you can search for a local scrap metal recycler who may accept depending on the type of metal.
For more details about recycling cookware, check out Earth911. For other options, consider:
To get inspired with creative craft ideas, check out DIY & Crafts.
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