Recycling Old Ammunition Properly is Important
If you are a gun enthusiast, then there’s a chance that you have some old ammunition lying around that you don’t want to put through your guns. Perhaps the casing has a crack in it, and you don’t want to take the chance of firing it because it could damage the gun or cause injury. Maybe you have a few boxes of old ammunition that you simply forgot about and now you need to dispose of it properly. Shotgun shells and bullets aren’t something that you should simply throw into the garbage though.
- Contact your local Police, Sheriff, or Fire Department for disposal
Importance of Proper Ammunition Recycling
You never want to put your old bullets or shotgun shells into the garbage. If they were to go to a landfill, they could become very dangerous. A fire in the landfill could cause the ammunition to fire once the powder inside heats up.
How to Dispose of Old Bullets and Shells
In most cases, you will have several options for disposing of your old ammunition. If you reload your own casings, then you probably have a bullet pull that you can use to remove the bullet and render the ammunition harmless. You can then dispose of the powder and casing properly. Some scrap metal companies will take the casings, but they do not want to have live ammunition.
However, most people aren’t going to be reloading their own ammunition, so the best option is to contact the local police department. They will often take unused ammunition and then dispose of it properly. If they don’t offer this, they will likely be able to point you in the right direction. Another option is to contact a local gun range. They sometimes have live round barrels – for bullets that are old or duds. The firing range may be willing to take care of your old ammunition for you.