Recycling sports, hobby and outdoor equipment

Posted on June 23, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Instead of chucking your old soccer balls or barbecue grill, why not recycle these instead. Most equipment can be recycled if you know how to go about it.


Bicycles. In Ottawa, donate your bike to Recyclore Bicycle Recycling, described on their website as "a non-profit volunteer organization providing our community with used bicycles, a do-it-yourself repair shop, and a bicycle-recycling depot. They "promote low-cost transportation, exercise, and fun with minimal impact to our environment."


Location: St. Paul Catholic High


2675 Draper Avenue Ottawa


If your bike is too far gone, remove tires and other non-metal parts and recycle the frame. Check your town/city's website for details.


In Britain, the organization Re-cycle sends used bicycles to Africa. Raleigh gives buyers of new bikes a discount for their old ones and contributes these to Re-cycle.


Backpacks, binoculars, telescopes, tripods. The American Birding Association provides equipment for Latin American bird conservationists and accepts donations of these items.


Send your equipment donations to:


ABA/Birders' Exchange

4945 No. 30 th. St. Suite 200

Colorado Springs, CO 80919


Barbecue Grills. Replacing your old grill? Get rid of your old one by recycling it in yuor town's metal recycling program. First, however, remove the grate and other metal parts and clean these thoroughly.


Hockey sticks, balls, sports gear. Play it Again Sports in Ottawwill buy sports equipment and gear in good condition Find locations in your area at


Yoga mats. Wash your mat thoroughly, then mail it to Recycle your mat.

Check the site for locations close to you. You can also bring your mats to a local women's shelter.


Now that you know what to do, please consider recycling all that unused gear and equipment.

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