Welcome to another installment of my ‘Can I Recycle…?’ series!

So, you probably have an empty salt or dishwasher detergent container, or some other container with a metal pour spout taking up space around your house and have no idea what to do with it.

Well, I hope I can help you out with your predicament.

Today, you will find out just what to do with these containers.


Disclaimer: Please google your own municipality’s recycling program, as they tend to differ from place to place.

This is not going to be a long, intensive article.

It’s pretty straightforward for the most part.

How to Recycle
  1. Remove metal pour spout
  2. Break-down cardboard container, place in the recycling box
  3. Take pour spout to community scrap metal drop off facility, or
  4. Reuse metal pour spout around your house

To sum up, the cardboard is recyclable after the metal pour spout is removed.

The metal pour spout is treated as scrap metal and should be disposed of according to your municipality’s guidelines, or it can be reused at home.

How to reuse

This method for reusing metal pour spouts will work with cylindrical salt containers the easiest.

So what are what to do with these pesky pour spouts?

Make them into pour spouts for mason jars, of course!

It looks like even a non-crafty person like myself could do this!

Here is an overview of how to make mason jar pour spouts:

  1. Cut off the top cardboard section from an empty canister of salt.
  2. Insert the cardboard cut-out containing that metal spout into a  mason jar lid ring.
  3. Screw the lid back onto the mason jar.
  4. Voila! A new reusable salt or sugar container is born!

Check out Texas Homesteader for in-depth instructions with pictures.



That about sums up how to recycle cardboard containers with metal pour spouts.

Not too painful, right?

Please leave any comments or questions you may have. I love hearing from you!


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