What are the best ways to get rid of an unused trampoline?
A trampoline may be a lot of fun for a while, especially if you have young children, but once it stops being used it is large and in the way. So now you have to decide what to do with the leftover trampoline.
Getting rid of your trampoline won’t be easy. Trampolines are big and bulky and can be complicated to take apart due to all of the different parts that they contain, including the jumping mat, tubing, wires, pads, metal framework, and legs. The metal tubing is usually made from galvanized steel, which can add to the overall weight of the trampoline and make getting rid of it even more of a headache.
So, what should you do when you are ready to get it out of your yard? From creatively repurposing to selling it or using a trampoline removal service to get rid of it for you, there are a range of excellent, hassle-free options.
Clever ways to recycle your old trampoline
Are you feeling creative? Why not give your old trampoline new life, instead of just throwing it away. If you are into DIY projects and love to repurpose, this could be a fun project for you.
Not only will you get something new in the process, but you will have saved your unused trampoline from the landfill.
Turn the trampoline over
Some crafty people have taken their old trampolines and turned them upside down to hang hammocks or create the base for a swing beds. Others have even turned their old trampolines into a children’s play and climbing area.
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Repurpose the mesh
Once you remove the mesh from the base, it can be cut up and used as a cover or net.
Some DIYers have repurposed the jumping area of trampolines into a net base for their gardens and a soccer goal area. A trampoline can even be used as a pitch return if you have a young future baseball star in your home.
If you do decide to repurpose your trampoline for your family’s use, just make sure that you keep a keen eye on safety, especially for any kid-related projects. Check that all of the trampoline’s parts are in good condition and do not contain rust, as rusty metal indicates weakened metal.
Turn it into an outdoor movie screen
You might not immediately think that your old trampoline could play any role in movie night, but the fact is that with a minimal amount of work, it can. Simply turn your old trampoline over on its side and cover the jumping mat with a white material, such as a white sheet. Once you’ve selected your material, attach it to the jumping mat. Then secure the frame to a tree or deck. Your old trampoline can be a super inexpensive way to get your very own outdoor theater screen!
Trampolines make great homes for pets
Another innovative trampoline project is to turn an old trampoline into part of a chicken coop. Part of your trampoline can serve as the foundation for a chicken coop project. After all, the mesh and frame are quite durable by design.
A simple Google or Pinterest search will uncover a variety of ways that a trampoline can be repurposed as a safe area for all kinds of animals, such as rabbits and even dogs. Again, one of the big pluses of a trampoline is its durable structure.
How to recycle your old trampoline
If you decide not to repurpose your old trampoline or you simply have no real use for it, then you may be wondering if you can recycle the unwanted trampoline. Recycling an old trampoline is, unfortunately, not easy.
Before taking your trampoline to a recycling plant or placing parts outside with your empty glass bottles, it is necessary that you call and check with the recycling centers in advance. The reason for this is that recycling plants have very specific ways in which an item like an old trampoline must be broken down before they accept it.
As a general rule, it is prudent to always check with your recycling plant before going through the hassle of transporting your trampoline parts. Many items that you believe will instantly be accepted by a recycling plant are, in fact, frequently rejected.
Save yourself some time and aggravation and find out in advance what rules your local plant has and what they will and will not take.
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How to sell your old trampoline
You may be able to sell your old trampoline online or even sell it for spare parts. Placing your trampoline for sale on a site like Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist or Letgo could help you recoup some of your initial investment and will help another family make their child happy.
In order to sell your trampoline, follow these steps:
- Evaluate the trampoline’s condition. Check for rips, rust and any missing grommets.
- Take photos of your trampoline and upload to FB Marketplace, Craigslist and Letgo.
- Create a professional, creative headline and description for your trampoline listing.
- Determine if you will expect the buyer to pick up the trampoline or if you will deliver it to them for an additional delivery fee.
- Publish the listing and be sure to respond to all inquiries in a timely manner.
While you shouldn’t expect a small bounty for your old trampoline, selling can be a way to get someone else to take it off your hands. A little time spent writing and placing an ad and taking a few pictures might save you a lot of headaches in the long run; however, there is no guarantee that people will be lining up to pay to take an old trampoline.
If you can’t sell it, give it away or donate the trampoline
Offering your trampoline for free is a great way to help out a family or school in need. You can call around to local public and private schools or churches and see if any are looking for playground equipment donations in your area. Most likely they will have someone more than willing to come and pick up the trampoline from you.
If you live in an area with a decent amount of street traffic, placing your old trampoline outside with a “free” sign on it can be a quick way to make your trampoline disappear. There is no guarantee this will work, and if it doesn’t, you will have just created an eyesore in your neighborhood.
How do you dispose of a trampoline?
In the end, the easiest way to get rid of an old trampoline is to use our junk removal and disposal services. LoadUp specializes in picking up and hauling away large household items so that you never have to worry about them again.
We even make sure that whatever items we take are properly recycled and not contributing to more waste in the landfill.
If you want to dispose of your old trampoline quickly and not have to worry about the condition it is in or whether or not someone will buy it, then LoadUp is a fast, easy, and environmentally friendly solution.
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