Gardening Tools Curbside Trash Curbside Recycling SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS Mixed materials cannot be recycled and must go in the garbage. If you can separate out the garden tools from any plastic, wood, or fiberglass handles, etc., you can place the metal parts in the recycling container, and are then considered scrap metal. Small amounts of scrap metal can be recycled. Depending on the rest of the materials, most likely it can go in the garbage. For larger amounts of scrap metal, please refer to a local metal recycler. Learn how to properly dispose of scrap metal. Ways to Reduce Borrow Tools From a Friend or Neighbor If you only need to use a garden tool once in a while, consider borrowing from a friend or neighbor instead of purchasing a brand new one. Ways to Reuse Sell or Donate Unwanted Tools If your tools are still in usable condition, consider selling them or donating them instead of throwing them away.