Whilst purchasing a brand new lawn mower is exciting – especially when it comes with fantastic new features or is environmentally friendly – it is important that you don’t neglect what becomes of your old one. Fortunately, there are actually a number of things that you can do with your old mower short of leaving it to sit and rust inside the shed.
This is probably the most preferred disposal method, as it will allow you to make some money back on the lawn mower. You should only consider this option, however, if the machine is still in good working condition. Advertise in the local classifieds or on websites like Ebay and Gumtree – you never know, someone might be interested.
If you are feeling charitable, you could also consider donating your old mower to someone you know or even a non-profit organisation, like the Salvation Army. This is another option that should only be considered if the machine is in good working order. You can walk away with the knowledge that your generosity will help someone or a family in need.
This option is one that should be considered if the mower is overly old, no longer works or its parts are worthless. Give your local recycling centre a call first to determine whether or not they actually accept these machines, as some don’t. If they will take it, arrange to have it picked up from your address or drop it off yourself.
If you are unable to sell the mower as is for whatever reason but you still want to try and make some on it, selling it for scrap is an option that you should consider. Give your local scrap dealer a call first to determine whether they will actually accept the machine or not. Then, arrange to have the dealer come and pick it up or drop it off yourself.
This is usually a last resort for most people, as tossing lawn mowers in landfill will mean that they sit there for hundreds of years just rusting away and waiting to degrade. We recommend this option only if you have exhausted all of the above avenues. It is also a good idea to call your local tip first to determine whether they will accept the machine or not.
As you can see, you have plenty of options when it comes to disposing of your old lawn mower. Just remember that you may have to siphon out any remaining fuel or oil in order to dispose of the machine using some of the above option – make sure you ask first. Of course, you can just leave it in the back of your shed to rust if you would prefer.