This one goes out to all my eco-friendly shredder pals. Does anyone know of an organization that takes guitar strings and recycles them? I run through quite a few packs per month on a heavy gigging cycle and I feel kinda bad tossing all that nice metal into the trash can.
I think this is exactly what you are looking for.
From the site:
...a campaign to collect and distribute used guitar strings to needy musicians throughout the world. This effort will help keep musical creativity alive...Many touring artists use a set of guitar strings for a few gigs and then change them, and throw them away. These strings are like gold in some places on this planet. Send them to me, and I'll get them into the right hands...and as you know there are plenty of six string guitars out there with five stings on 'em.
Sorry about the delay in answering. I knew I had seen this somewhere, but couldn't quite put my finger on it. It took me a while before the google-fu worked.
There really isn't any way you can "recycle" a single steel string, it's pretty much useless.
But when you have a lot of them, tie them together and trow it in a metal recycling dumpster- at least that way the process of melting and sifting out the heavier metals will be easier for the recycling company.
Our French association, Music Solidarity, recycles all guitar and bass strings! We transform it in action for solidarity and sustainable development. Our website: www.musicsolidarity.com