Musical Instruments

Put in Garbage Cart/Bin

Schedule a free pickup to dispose of large instruments such as drums. 

If your instrument is in good condition, consider donating it.

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Metal Parts = Scrap Metal

Musical instruments can be disassembled and recycled. Metal parts taken from a disassembled musical instrument should be recycled as scrap metal.

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If It’s Electronic, It’s E-Waste

Keyboards, electric guitars or any instrument with electronic parts should be disposed of as e-waste.  Find out how to recycle e-waste.

Ways to Reduce

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Buy Used Instruments

Instead of purchasing a new musical instrument, consider buying a used instrument that is in good condition. Used instruments are less expensive than new instruments and can help reduce your carbon footprint.

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Buy Coated Strings

Coated strings last longer than standard strings because they are of higher quality. Although they are slightly more expensive, purchasing coated strings cuts down on how often you need to switch out your strings.

Did You Know?

One Man's Waste Is Another Man's Music

Some musical instruments need to be recycled as e-waste, but one musician is taking e-waste and turning that into an instrument. Colten Jackson, founder of the Electronic Waste Orchestra, created an instrument out of six old hard drives and an old keyboard number pad. 

Electric Waste Orchestra