How to recycle a broken hair dryer

It’s an age-old dilemma: you’re in the bathroom, drying your hair—and it finally conks out. Now what do you do? Few (if any) municipalities are willing to pick up electronics of this type through regular curbside programs—but you CAN still recycle your old hair dryers, curling irons, and other no-longer-usable bathroom electronics.

Here’s how:

1.  Locate a scrap metal recycling center

That’s right—broken hair dryers are considered scrap metal. To find a scrap metal recycling center near you, simply search for “scrap metal” and your city and state name in this search tool.

2.  Drop off your broken hair dryer

It’s that easy! Metal is a wonderful material to recycle because it does not lose its strength when recycled, so it can be used over and over again.

3.  Feel good all day

After you drop off your item, you can feel good all day knowing that you’ve helped reduce the need for the mining of new metals—which helps prevent destruction of nature.