Renfrewshire Council

Musical instruments

Musical instruments come in such a variety of shapes, sizes and materials that they are difficult to recycle. However, some instruments may have metal parts, for instance, which are recyclable.

Alternatively, if they are still in good condition, consider the following options:


Some charity shops will accept donations of instruments and sheet music


Friends, family and local events

  1. Ask family and friends - often they can use the things we don't want anymore
  2. Sell items locally at car boots, nearly new and bring and buy sales
  3. Advertise them in the local paper or on local noticeboards

Recycle them

You cannot recycle musical instruments in your household recycling bin, but you may be able to recycle some parts at the local waste and recycling centre. If they are too complicated to disassemble, you should put them in the rubbish bin.

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