Nowadays, in the age of modernization, it’s hard to believe that there once was a time when vacuum cleaners and a lot of other household appliances didn’t exist. These days vacuum cleaners have become an integral part of life for nearly everyone. In fact, we’ve come to depend on them so much that when our vacuum cleaner breaks down, maybe choking on its last huge clump of dog or cat hair, we get frustrated and our first instinct is to simply throw it away and buy a new one. The last thing we think about is recycling it.
Well, you should start considering it and learn how to recycle your vacuum cleaner. You won’t be doing this just for environmental reasons either, you can benefit as well. Of course disposing of your vacuum cleaner the same way you do your other trash can cause harm to the environment, but there are other things to consider, such as e-waste.
Here are some useful tips on how to recycle your vacuum cleaner:
In this day and age, it’s doubtful that you’ll find anyone who would argue against the importance of recycling. But you should also keep in mind that in some areas local law says that it’s illegal to put appliances in the trash. So let’s get you started.
1. Check if your vacuum cleaner can be recycled
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Rather than just getting in the car and driving to your local recycling center, it’s a good idea to call ahead and ask about it. While it’s rare for a vacuum not to be recyclable, it doesn’t hurt to make sure.
In order to be recyclable, your vacuum cleaner should have a plug, batteries and a recharging cable. It should also have a picture of a bin crossed out somewhere on it.
2. The Recycling Center
Go there. Usually, about 90% of a vacuum cleaner can be recycled. You might be surprised to learn that a good part of it will be used to make outdoor furniture, plastic pots, and car dashboards. Here you can learn more about how you can save the world by recycling Vacuum cleaners.
3. Call a Vacuum Cleaner Company
If a recycling center isn’t an option for you, you could call the company you’ve decided to purchase your new vacuum cleaner from and ask if they will pick up your old one for recycling in exchange when they deliver your new one. If you get lucky, some stores even provide discounts if you buy a new vacuum cleaner and give them your old one for recycling.
The reason these stores will take your dead as a door nail vacuum cleaner is because they can sell the parts and recycle virtually all of it.
4. Scrap Yards
Although it certainly won’t make you rich, scrap yards may pay you for certain metal parts of your vacuum and the copper wiring that’s found in the cord. In exchange, you might have to disassemble the vacuum yourself and separate the parts. But this isn’t a very hard task, so you can probably tackle it on your own.
5. Sell Parts
Certain parts of your vacuum might have a second life even without the device itself. Brushes, hoses, nozzles and various other attachments can be taken out and cleaned up, then sold. You won’t get a whole lot of money for these items, but even a little bit is better than nothing at all. Also, if you have an older model vacuum you might be able to get some decent money for the vacuum belt, as these types are hard to come by and there is a strong demand for them.
6. Donate an Operational Vacuum
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Yet another way to recycle your vacuum cleaner without actually disposing of it is to donate it. That’s if it’s still operational, but maybe you just think it’s time for a new one. It should be a simple matter finding a donation center, shelter, or local thrift store that will accept your trusty old vacuum. Some of the centers will issue tax-deductible receipts as your reward for helping those less fortunate.
You can also locate homeless shelters or addiction centers and ask if they need used, but in good condition, vacuum cleaners. There is also an online directory you can tap into to assist you in finding a homeless shelter near you.
Furthermore, perhaps your church, the local school, even a friend of yours may be glad to receive a newer model vacuum.
Here are some things you should keep in mind when recycling your vacuum cleaner. Trash that isn’t recyclable emits toxic gases and chemicals which damage the environment and pollute our air. With all of the country’s other problems, you don’t hear very much about that, but it is a fact.
Your vacuum cleaner isn’t biodegradable and that makes it vital that you recycle it if at all possible. It’s worth the extra trouble if it means protecting the environment. Plus, you’re actually helping the economy. You see, recycling encourages economic growth and creates jobs to boot.
A whole lot of people work in the recycling industry which generates billions of dollars in wages.
By recycling your vacuum cleaner you are not only aiding the country’s economy but setting a good example. When your friends and neighbors find out that you are recycling your appliances, they may be moved to follow in your footsteps and do the same.
So with all of the benefits of recycling your vacuum cleaner sacrificing a little of your time to do it is a good thing all around. It’s for certain that you won’t regret it, and you may even start a new, Eco-friendly tradition right in your own neighborhood.