American flags in good condition may be able to be donated. An internet search such as “donate American flag York PA” will show organizations that accept flags for donation.
Some American flags can be recycled by mail – for more information click here.
American flags can also be disposed of through ceremonies conducted by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. For more information about this option, please contact your local chapter of these organizations.
The United States Code, Title 4, Chapter 1 “The Flag” states: “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” For more information, click here.