Recently I was trying to get rid of an old vacuum and I wasn’t sure what to do with it. In the green spirit of reuse and recycle I just couldn’t get myself to put it in the trash (which may even be illegal). The vacuum cleaner was aging and although the motor still worked it needed a new filter, brush and belt. The price of the parts was about what the vacuum cost when it was new so it made more sense to get a new one. This led to my consideration of the options regarding how to get ride of a vacuum, working or not and which methods of disposal work best for certain situations. So whether your moving, or just getting rid of old items, consider the options below to determine what’s best for you.
1. Sell it. If your vacuum works and is still new enough and in good enough shape then selling it using online or print classifieds makes the most sense. If it’s old or if it needs a little repair this may still be an option but it might be better to try and find a vacuum sale and repair shop that is interested.
2. Donate it. This is probably the best option if the vacuum still works but really isn’t worth the trouble to sell it and if you just don’t need the extra money. Remember there is usually a tax benefit for donated items (check tax code for details).
3. Leave it curbside. This should only be tried in urban areas if the vacuum works and with a sign indicating that it’s free and does indeed work. This is usually most effective on the weekend. A note here that this may be seriously frowned upon and possibly against city code in certain areas but I know that it’s done frequently in our community and it benefits both the disposer and the receiver. Another note, please remove the item and find another way to dispose of it if it’s not picked up by someone within a couple of days, otherwise it will be sure to agitate neighbors and make the neighborhood look trashy.
4. Give it to a vacuum repair and sale shop. This is what we decided to do and it made the most sense. That way they could decide if it was worth it for them to repair and resell or to use to dismantle and use for parts.
5. Recycle it. In many areas your vacuum is recyclable by your local recycle center. If you don’t know the name or location of your local recycle center, call or visit the website of your waste removal service to find their information. In some cases the recycle center can provide free pickup of your vacuum and many other recyclable items and appliances. If not a drop may be required but this is still fairly easy to do and much better for the environment than simply throwing your vacuum in the garbage or dropping it at your local dump or transfer station.
6. Trash it. Truly a last resort. Besides the fact that a vacuum in a dump just doesn’t seem right, it might not even be allowed in certain areas.