Tools Put in Garbage If No Plastic and Electronics? It's Scrap Metal You can dispose of regular, electronic-free tools or accessories as scrap metal. Metal tools can’t be turned in as scrap metal if they have plastic handles. Return Battery Packs In-Store Do not throw away batteries from power tools. A number of companies will accept these batteries at their stores, including DeWalt, the Home Depot and Lowe’s. Power Tools Are E-Waste Power tools contain electronic parts, so they can be recycled as e-waste. Remember to first disassemble your power tool so that other parts can be recycled as scrap metal.