When your vacuum cleaner or hoover bites the dust (or essentially stops working properly), or you have decided that it is time to purchase a newer model, you may wonder what you should do with your old unit.

While you may be tempted to simply throw it away in the dumpster, this is actually terrible for the environment because vacuum cleaners aren’t biodegradable and contain harmful substances.

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Remember, Vacuums can be repaired, reused and recycled.

So, when it comes to properly disposing of your vacuum or Hoover, you should repair, reuse, recycle, or sell it. This benefits you, others, and the environment. Keep reading and we will tell you more about how you can do it without harming the world you live in while feeling good about yourself!

How Do You Dispose of a Vacuum or Hoover Responsibly?

Option 1: See If You Can Repair Your Vacuum Cleaner

Before even considering getting rid of your vacuum or Hoover, determine if it’s still usable. If you have maintained your vacuum cleaner over the years, there is a good chance this will be the case.

In a number of instances, all it will take is to open up your Hoover or vacuum and give the insides a deep, thorough cleaning. Over time, a significant amount of dust, dirt, and grime can build up on the interior of the appliance, impairing its functionality.

Make sure to also replace the vacuum’s dust bag. Your problem could be that the bag is just full! Clean the nozzle as well as any attachments to ensure there are no obstructions preventing the vacuum cleaner from being able to suck anything up.

When all else fails, you can always seek the help of a professional vacuum cleaning specialist who may be able to clean and/or repair the unit for you.

Now, in the event that the unit gets back to good working order, it would be incredibly wasteful to just throw away a vacuum cleaner that is still usable. Therefore, if the appliance is fixable and you decide you don’t wish to keep it for yourself and instead prefer to purchase a new model anyway, proceed to another option on this list.

Option 2: Donate Your Vacuum Cleaner

Assuming that your vacuum cleaner is still in good working condition, and you simply don’t want it any longer for whatever reason, consider donating it to another individual. You may have a friend, family member, or co-worker who is in need of a vacuum cleaner and doesn’t want to shell out the money to purchase a new one, yet your used one will do just fine.

Another option is to donate the appliance to a charity or shelter. Depending on your location and the organization you’re donating to, you may not have to leave your home in order to get rid of your vacuum. Many of the larger organizations like Goodwill and the Salvation Army will pick up donations from your home. However, if a pick-up service isn’t offered, you can simply drop it off at the donation center.

When it comes to local shelters like group homes and homeless shelters, they can never have too many supplies on hand. They go through more than you can ever imagine, and more often than not, they don’t have enough funding for everything they need.

Therefore, donations are very much needed and appreciated. If you choose to donate to a local shelter, make sure to call first, as some places may not accept donations.

By choosing to donate your used vacuum cleaner or Hoover vacuum, you get to give back to your local community, help the needy, potentially get a tax write-off, save the planet, and feel good about yourself all at once!

Option 3: Sell Your Vacuum Cleaner

Another option you have is to sell the vacuum cleaner. You can do this a few different ways. You can take quality photos of your vacuum cleaner and post it online, such as on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or another local website or forum.

If you are uncertain how much you should post your vacuum for sale for, check similar listings that are already up to get an idea. If you would like to consider giving it away, give the website Freecycle a try.

You could also sell your appliance to a secondhand thrift store or an appliance repair and sales store. The former will require the vacuum cleaner to work, but the latter may not. Someone at the store can determine the condition of your appliance to see if they’ll be able to repair and resell it or not. In some instances, they simply use it for parts.

Either way, you’ll get money for your old vacuum cleaner and someone else may be able to get some use out of it before the end of its life.

Option 4: Recycle Your Vacuum Cleaner

If your vacuum cleaner cannot be repaired, then the most obvious eco-friendly option that you have at your fingertips is to recycle it. Now, before you can simply head to your local recycling center, it’s imperative that you determine whether your unit is recyclable. While it is uncommon for a vacuum cleaner to not be recyclable, it’s a good idea to take the time to check first.

There should be a label on the bottom of your appliance that lets you know whether it is recyclable. Check for a picture with a trash can crossed out. If you see this, then your vacuum cleaner is indeed recyclable. If you don’t see this and don’t see anything that specifically states your unit is recyclable, then as long as it has batteries, a plug, and a charging cable, then you’re probably good to go!

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Before heading to your local recycling center, check if there is a recycling sign on the bottom of your vacuum.

At the recycling center, the majority of the vacuum cleaner can be recycled and used for something else. This is because they are made primarily of plastic and/or metal. The body housing, hoses, cords, metal, and plastic can all be used to create a variety of products like traffic cones, shampoo bottles, vehicle dashboards, furniture, plant pots, and more!

Option 5: Trade Your Vacuum Cleaner for a Discount

If the plan is to purchase a new vacuum cleaner or Hoover, you may want to consider keeping your old one and using it as a trade-in, if possible. Some of the larger brands and retailers will accept used and broken vacuum cleaners as a trade-in and offer you a discount off of a new model in return.

Before you simply assume a store offers this service, make sure to give them a call first and ask if it’s a service they offer. If they do, you’ll luck out in saving some money on your new unit, and the company will likely do something eco-friendly with the unit, such as repair or recycle it.

Option 6: Upcycle Your Vacuum Cleaner

Like with many used and broken items around the house, it’s possible to reuse your vacuum cleaner in a creative way. All it takes is a little bit of imagination and effort on your part to create something really neat with your old vacuum cleaner.

You can begin with a quick Google search to get some cool ideas, such as Halloween costumes, pots for plants, industrial-style lamps, and more. You are only bound by your imagination when it comes to the possibilities of what you can create with your old unit.

While it may be easy to throw out your old vacuum cleaner—working or not, it doesn’t mean that’s the right thing to do. By choosing to recycle your unit, you are helping the environment as well as others. Depending on your choice of disposal, you may get a tax write-off or money in your pocket immediately.

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