Should I Recycle my Hot Tub?

Have you ever wondered what to do with a non-working hot tub? There are many things that can be done with it, such as keeping it working and improving its longevity.

Unfortunately, acrylic hot tubs are built to last, and they are not biodegradable. Instead, they are sent to the landfill. Call a local junk pickup service and they will take the spa to the landfill. This is the least "green" option of getting rid of an old hot tub.


Trade-in your Hot Tub

Instead of buying a new spa, why not trade in your old one? Many manufacturers and dealers offer programs that allow people to get rid of their old spas for free.

Spa shops may either strip the spa of any usable parts, or they can sell it to a scrapper or resell it as reconditioned. Usually, they just haul the tub back to the spa graveyard.


Sell your used Hot Tub

If you are looking for a used spa scrapper or refurbisher, then you can find one in the area. Or, if you are local, then post it on

If the spa is in working condition, ask for at least $100 up to $500. It's not worth it if it's not working. If you can't afford to buy it, ask for a truck or trailer.

Strip it Down and Recycle what you can

Before selling, make sure that all of the equipment is removed from the spa pack. Doing so will increase the chances of getting money for the equipment. Also, it will make it easier to resell the components.

It can be used for spare parts. After all, it's better to get rid of the cabinet than the electronics. Take apart the plastic and wood components to get rid of them.

You can also cut the spa shell into smaller pieces using a reciprocating saw. This procedure can be used to make various smaller components.

The acrylic spa shell can be cut up into smaller pieces with a reciprocating saw. The cover can also be recycled separately.


Turn it into a Backyard Pond or Water Feature

After stripping down the spa shell, the shell can be placed into a ground-filled with plants and rocks. It can then be covered with a vinyl or rubber plant membrane. A small pump in the bottom can provide water for a three-tier fountain, letting you add frogs and other aquatic attractions. Stock it with Koi fish or use plants to keep it looking good. If it's a safety hazard, place it behind a fence or inside a fenced yard.


Turn it into a Garden

After removing the plumbing components, set the spa in the ground and fill it with dirt. This will create a colorful box garden that can be planted in a sunny spot and close to water.


Turn it into a Dog House

One dog owner from Florida turned a spa shell upside down to create a warm dog house. He then added a water feature to the top of the structure and a utility light inside.

There are many ways to recycle an old hot tub or spa. You can either get rid of it by  calling a junk removal service or creatively re-purpose.


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