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What to Do With an Old Treadmill?

author image Ryn Gargulinski
Ryn Gargulinski is a writer, artist and performer whose journalism career began in 1991. Credits include two illustrated books, "Bony Yoga" and "Rats Incredible." She holds a Master of Arts in English literature and folklore and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing with a French minor from Brooklyn College.
What to Do With an Old Treadmill?
A treadmill can take up a lot of space. Photo Credit John_Kasawa/iStock/Getty Images

Your old treadmill doesn’t have to clog up your garage, house or life forever, as its fate has several possibilities. You have more options with a functioning treadmill than you do for a broken one, although you can find a new home for either one.

Sell It

Selling an old treadmill is best if it still works. However, you might find someone who is a whiz at fixing them or wants one for its parts. Because a treadmill is big, bulky and heavy, you’ll be better off selling it locally. Try posting an ad on your local Craigslist or classified section of your local paper. Spread the word to your family, friends, fellow gym members and other contacts that you have a treadmill up for sale. Include it in your next yard sale.

Donate It

Donating your old treadmill is a possibility. Giving your treadmill to your local Salvation Army, Goodwill, Big Brothers Big Sisters and other charities is possible. Another is Fitness4Charity, which supplies used exercise equipment to foster homes, schools, hospital, police and fire departments, and other places that need it. Most organizations ask the equipment be in working condition. Fitness4Charity has particularly strict standards for donations. Donating your treadmill to a non-profit is tax deductible. The organization might also offer a pickup service.

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Recycle It

Even if no one wants to buy your old treadmill – or even take it for free – recycling it is a surefire way to get rid of it. The Freecycle Network is an online community with local groups across the nation through which you can get rid of items that someone else might be able to use. Post your treadmill for free or scan the local posting to see if anyone is seeking an old treadmill. Recycling the treadmill through your city or county recycling program also works. Each program has its own set of guidelines that dictate how you can safely dispose of a treadmill since many contain electronic parts. Some private companies may offer recycling services often with a pickup for a small fee. Appliance Recyclers, for instance, charges $20 to pick up an unwanted treadmill in its coverage area, which includes several counties in the states of Oregon and Washington.

Get Creative

Transforming your useless, old treadmill into something useful comes with limitless possibilities, especially if you can dismantle it. The running deck could work as a creative coffee table top if you support it with blocks and cover it with a piece of fabric. Use the metal parts for repairing appliances, equipment or household items. If you happen to be an artist, your old treadmill is a treasure trove of project materials. Make a giant monster from the chunks of plastic and metal. Create collages with the smaller treadmill pieces. Glue and wire are required, while paint, glitter, feathers and other artistic details are optional.

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