Utensils Put in Garbage Stainless Steel Utensils Are Scrap Metal Dispose of stainless steel and silver utensils as scrap metal. Find out how to dispose of scrap metal. Wrap Knives Before Disposing Blades can be wrapped in newspaper or bubble wrap and then taped. Metal knives can be disposed of with other scrap metal or donated. Compost Wooden Utensils Wooden utensils should be composted with other compostable cups, plates and utensils. Ways to Reuse Donate Utensils If your utensils are in good condition, consider dropping them off at a thrift store. Did You Know? Most Stainless Steel Is Recycled Many recyclable items have abysmally low rates of being recycled except for steel. According to the International Stainless Steel Forum, 80-90% of stainless steel is recycled. It can be recycled without degradation. On average, about 60% of any stainless steel item you purchase is made up of recycled materials. Compostable Utensils: Not the Most Eco-Friendly of Them All? Out of all types of utensils — compostable, plastic and reusable — compostables are advertised as being the most eco-friendly. However, reusable utensils are still the front-runner because they are easily recycled and not single-use. There’s a good chance that compostable items will end up in a landfill due to the absence of compost collection services in many places.