What do I do with my old keys Australia?

Most keys can be taken to your local Community Recycling Center or Waste Management Facility. Plain metal keys can be recycled with scrap metal, whereas Electronic keys are considered e-waste.

Can you recycle old keys in Australia?

Metal keys cannot be recycled in your yellow-lidded recycling bin. Monash Waste Transfer Station recycles keys for free as part of their scrap metal recycling.

How do you dispose of old door keys?


  1. Keys can be recycled with mixed / scrap metal at many household waste recycling centres.
  2. Make sure that you take off any tags (and addresses!)
  3. Visit the recycling locator to find your nearest recycling site.

Are Keys recyclable?

Like other metals, keys can be recycled in the mixed metals recycling facility at most local recycling centres.

Are old keys worth anything?

Most individual skeleton keys sell for $10 or less, but certain styles can be worth much more. Keys with fancy bows, interesting engravings, a fascinating history, or other special features can be worth hundreds of dollars.

Can you melt down old keys?

Can you recycle keys- yes, most recycling centers should take back keys, make sure you take off any tags or rubber markings. Keys can be melted down for other uses. You can also visit your local locksmith to see if your keys can be remade or re-keyed into other keys. You can reuse keys as well.

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How do I display collectible keys?

Here are some neat ideas to display your great antique skeleton keys:

  1. Hang them on hooks.
  2. Fill a jar with them.
  3. Display in a candy dish.
  4. Decorate a picture frame with them.
  5. Turn them into jewelry.
  6. Make a skeleton key windchime or mobile.
  7. Use as decorative ceiling fan pulls.
  8. Display inside lantern.