What do you do when you are done using your inflatable pool or the pool has become unusable? Recycling an inflatable pool may be a little tricky depending on the materials that it is made from.
Inflatable pools are recyclable but are commonly made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) with a recycling number of 3. This means that you need to find a recycling facility that will accept PVC before you drop it off. Call ahead of time to save a wasted trip.
Here are a few tips and tricks for recycling your inflatable pool or giving it a new life.
Understanding if Something is Recyclable
Typically inflatable pools are made of plastic and you can always check how to recycle plastic products by checking their recycling number. A recycling number or code can be found somewhere on your material in the triangle arrow recycling logo with a number inside.
Inflatable pools are commonly made of PVC, polyvinyl chloride with recycling number 3. PVC is not accepted at many recycling centers but there are still facilities that can recycle them although they may be harder to find.
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Where Can I Recycle My Inflatable Pool?
Once you know what material your pool is made of you can call your local recycling center to see if they are able to recycle your pool. If they cannot they will be able to give you more information on where you can find a place to recycle it.
How Do I Get it to the Recycling Center?
Depending on where you live you can find out if your neighborhood recycling bin accepts PVC material for pick up.
If not you can find the nearest place to drop off your inflatable pool. If there is the nearest recycling facility is too far away you can look into shipping the material to the center as well.
Preparing Your Pool for Recycling
Once you have found a way to recycle your inflatable pool you should take a few steps to make the recycling process go smoothly. For the best recycling success, you should clean your materials and remove as much debris and dirt as you can.
You may think that recycling is the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of your unwanted items, but there are actually some better options. Recycling is better than simply throwing something away but if you can give that item new life then that will be a more eco-friendly approach.
Reusing your materials or gifting your materials to someone else can help reduce excess consumption and waste.
Repairing Damaged Inflatable Pools
The first step to repairing a broken inflatable pool is to assess the damage and find out where the hole or rip is. If you are having trouble finding the hole cover the pool in a little bit of soapy water and look around for where the air bubbles are coming out of the plastic material.
Once you have found the hole or rip clean the area and determine how large of a patch you need. For a long-lasting repair use a sturdier patch for your pool.
If you are in a pinch you can also try using a strong duck tape to repair a small hole or tear. Allow the repair to dry completely before using the pool and getting it wet again.
Reusing an Inflatable Pool
If you are no longer wanting to use your pool you have a few options you can try before you resort to recycling it. If the pool is still functional but you no longer want it you can gift it to someone who does want it or post it for sale on a local forum.
If the pool is broken and no longer works you can try to fix it and patch the holes or rips. If your inflatable pool is truly beyond repair you can try using the material for another purpose and upcycle the materials.
Selling Your Used Pool
There are some great places to sell you unwanted items and make a little cash. A few examples are Facebook marketplace, eBay, Craigslist, Letgo, and other buy and sell apps/ websites. You can also hold a yard sale or garage sale and see if any of your neighbors want to buy your pool off of you.
You can also post on your social media platform to see if any of your friends or family want your inflatable pool. If you don’t care for selling the pool you can also list it free for pick up as well.
Some places that accept donations are your local thrift stores, Goodwill, Savers, Salvation Army, and more. Only donate your inflatable pool if it is in working order, if the pool isn’t usable then it will most likely end up in a dumpster and sent to a landfill.
Other places that might accept an inflatable pool are childcare and daycare centers or even animal shelters. You could reach out to see if a local youth group wants an inflatable pool for the kids to play in. Animal shelters and adoption centers might want a pool for their animals to play in as well.
Repurposing Your Old Inflatable Pool
If you no longer want to use your inflatable pool as a pool there are some other fun ways to keep using it. You can fill the pool up with sand and toys and use the pool as a sandbox for kids to play in and keep the sand in one place.
You can also fill the pool up with balls and make a ball pit for kids to play in. Grab some blankets and chairs and make a fort for your kids to play in, the inflatable pool can become their new fun place to play and hang out in all year round.
Inflatable pools can also be great for pets to play in and cool down during the hot summer months. If your pet doesn’t like swimming or playing in water then the pool could also be used as a place for bathing your pet. Get some shampoo and some water and get your pet all cleaned up in one convenient place.