Sell it as scrap metal
If you have a huge quantity of aluminum and stainless steel fasteners that are only good to be sold as a scrap, you can consider contacting a local scrap vendor that recycles consumable items such as screws, nuts, bolts, washers and studs. You need to do a little research on the web to sort out a relevant service that handles recycling of metal fasteners in your region. The recycler will provide you with the required transport services and may charge some amount to disassemble parts, if needed, and recycle the metallic fasteners, rather than going for landfill disposal. Not only do you save the environment from metallic contamination, but also get paid for the scrap.
Bring out the creative side in you
It may not be the most technically apt way of recycling fasteners, but you can make substantial use of discarded pieces by making any form of welded art. Using the nails and long threads, you can construct a wind chime, with the center position jingled by the cluster of nuts and bolts. The washers can be used to outline a photo frame made of plastic. You can design an iron skeleton sculpture by using alloy steel nuts and alloy 20 bolts. Use the welding gun to fit the pieces together and exhibit irregularity to make something innovative. Given the different types of fasteners, you can compile them to construct wonderful toys and gifts, and even consider displaying them in a local exhibition.
Renovate the old furnishings
One should always store discarded fasteners in a jar so as to use them for the purpose of furnishing old furniture that have developed fissures due to long-term usage. The old screws and nuts can be tapped in the parts which require repairing and the nails may be used to fix the loosened parts. You may have no idea how this trick will last longer than you assume it to be. The same old fasteners can also be recycled for the purpose of fixing minor cracks in the window pane or any other carpentry work that requires light repairing.
Tame the rods
Stainless steel threaded rods used in the industries come in various shapes and sizes. They normally undergo rusting or more specifically “tea staining” that imparts brown color to the metal. The discarded pieces hence obtained can be reused by molding them into a base for chairs and tables or for providing partitions in different sections of the operational plant. You can also cut the void tubes and use it for a window herb garden.
Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.