Treadmills are highly convenient ways to get exercise while at home. Unfortunately, like all things in this world, they don’t last forever.
Whether your treadmill has ceased to function due to mechanical failure or has simply become surplus to requirement, it’s time to say your final goodbyes, but how?
You might feel daunted by the prospect of throwing away something as large as a treadmill, but don’t worry; you have plenty of options!
What Can I Do With an Old Treadmill?
One of the best ways to remove your treadmill is to recycle it. While disposing of your old exercise equipment as large waste is a viable option (and we’ll talk more about that further), it isn’t the greatest for the environment.
Now more than ever, we should all review how we can be more eco-friendly. Recycling is the perfect way to do this.
Your treadmill is full of valuable materials such as plastic and steel that can all be repurposed effectively. Most treadmills also have electronic components. They’re not e-waste, but they have parts that processing centers can reuse to avoid batteries and other parts ending up in the trash.
Recycling doesn’t have to be a complicated process on your end. You can contact your local recycling center to determine the best way to transport the item yourself. Alternatively, you can hire a junk removal company to transport your recycling to the correct center.
Is your treadmill still in working order? Consider donating it! Numerous charities and organizations could benefit from some exercise equipment, even if it isn’t brand new. You’d make a positive difference and free up some extra space in your home. Where’s the downside?
Always contact the relevant organization before attempting to donate, as some will be unable to accept such a large item. They simply may not have the space.
Having said that, it is highly likely a local nonprofit organization will benefit from the opportunity to introduce exercise to their patrons. Many nonprofits serve lower-income or marginalized communities, who can gain the health benefits of physical exercise without spending thousands on gym equipment.
Another option, if your treadmill is still in working condition, is to sell it online at a discounted rate. There are numerous online forums for doing this, including through Facebook marketplace, Craiglist, or eBay.
Online selling means there will almost certainly be a buyer grateful to purchase a working treadmill lower than market value. You can earn extra cash, and someone else benefits from a treadmill you no longer use. It’s a win-win.
Just make sure you go with a trustworthy buyer if you go down this route. Asking for money upfront is generally the safest way to go. Otherwise, you might find yourself accidentally giving your treadmill away for free.
When it comes to pricing, research the age and model of your treadmill to ensure you’re selling at a fair rate.
Dispose of It
If you have some form of transportation that can accommodate a treadmill, you could dispose of it yourself at your local waste dump site. You can find your nearest dump site just by searching online and their pricing to drop off such large equipment.
Another option to dispose of your treadmill without requiring an oversized vehicle and labor is to contact a professional disposal service like Nixxit! Professional disposal services take waste away for you, and with Nixxit, you also get peace of mind that we recycle 80% of what we haul.
All you need to do is schedule your appointment, wait for the disposal experts to arrive, and then sit back and relax.
Gift It to Someone
If you feel particularly generous or just want to get rid of the treadmill as soon as possible, you could consider just gifting it to someone free of charge. You could give it to someone you know or stick it outside with a sign stating that it’s a free item open for collection.
You might be surprised by just how quickly it gets taken away. If all else fails, advertise it on social media. You’ll have a taker in no time.
Just remember to check with your local authorities (and neighbors!) about how they feel about you leaving stuff out in the street, especially something as large as a treadmill. It should be fine, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially when respecting the people next door.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can Treadmills Be Scrapped?
Yes. A treadmill has many metal components to scrap and repurpose for future use. Your local scrap yard or recycling center can complete this process for you.
Do People Buy Broken Treadmills?
There’s a market for everything, including broken treadmills, provided you know how to advertise them. A handyperson might even want to buy a broken treadmill, fix it, and flip it. The online marketplace is a great way to cash in on items you no longer use, and you might be surprised by the demand.
Need to Dispose of a Treadmill? Get in Touch
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