Lawnmowers do us a great service year-round. They’re the kind of thing that you try your best to only purchase once. However, they can break down, accidents can happen – or it may be simply time to replace it. You do, however, have a few other options when it comes to lawn mower repair/replacement.
But what are those options?
Donate Your Old Mower
There are plenty of people who could use an old lawn mower! Maybe your neighbour’s mower has just kicked the bucket – or perhaps there’s a new upstart in your neighbourhood, looking to mow some lawns, but doesn’t have a lawnmower – you could choose to donate your mower to them. It might be relatively cheap for them to fix it up! Or, if there’s nothing really wrong with your mower and you’re strictly looking to replace it, then it might be a good idea to donate it to someone less fortunate.
Selling It For Parts
If you’re looking to make some small cash off your mower, then selling it for parts/scrap might be an option. If you have someone who’s willing, it might be a good idea to get rid of your mower quickly this way. Post it online for sale for parts and see what happens. Anytime you sell your mower for parts, make sure that the person knows how to properly repurpose or properly dispose of those parts.
Recycle Your Lawnmower
If you’re not inclined to sell or donate your lawnmower, but instead want to reuse or recycle some of its parts, then this is where the Cheapest Load of Rubbish comes in. We want to help you with the recycling process, so that it’s seamless and stress-free. No matter what size your lawnmower is – a ride-on, zero-turn giant, or a small push-mower, we can help you recycle it.
We have the knowledge and the expertise to quickly break down your mower into its (re)usable parts, while other parts can be taken to another facility to be properly disposed of. We’ll collect your mower from you and take it away to be recycled, according to New South Wales recycling rules.
What are NSW’s Rules Around Lawn Mower Recycling?
The rules around recycling lawn mowers in New South Wales mostly depend on what type of lawn mower you’ve got. Petrol-based lawn mowers, whether ride-on or push can be placed in the scrap metal skip at your nearest recycling centre. They must first be completely drained of petrol and oil.
Electric lawn mowers, on the other hand, are classed under Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment and should be placed with other electrical items at the recycling centre.
Manual lawn mowers (the older-style mowers with the spinning blades) are completely made of metal and therefore can be recycled by placing them in the metal skip at the recycling centre.
However, if you wish to strip down your lawn mower to perhaps sell some of the metal to a scrap yard, this is also a fine way to deal with an unwanted mower.
What Parts of Your Lawn Mower Can Be Recycled?
When recycling your lawn mower, you should be aware of what parts can and cannot be recycled. Here are the parts of your mower that can be recycled:
- Rubber Tyres.
- Plastic Coverings.
- Aluminium parts.
If you are not comfortable taking your mower apart – let us do it for you! If, however, you are comfortable doing this, then you’ll need to create three separate piles for parts from the mower. One for non-ferrous metals, the other for ferrous metals, and the third for plastics.
Your mower blade can also be recycled. When you remove it from your ride-on mower, make sure that you clean it off thoroughly. Then, scrape the mower deck with a stiff wire brush to catch all of the grass and dirt that has doubtlessly accumulated beneath it.
Ferrous Versus Non-Ferrous Metals.
When it comes to recycling or selling metals, it’s important to know which metals are ‘ferrous’ and which are ‘non-ferrous’. The ferrous metals are those that contain iron – a magnet will stick to these parts. Those that do not contain iron will not be picked up by the magnet and thus are ‘non-ferrous’. These parts are typically made from aluminium, which are recycled, or sold at the scrap yard – this is known as aluminium breakage.
If you find yourself needing to scrap a lot of metal, or just wanting to throw out the baby with the proverbial bathwater and take the whole lawn mower to the scrap heap – fully in-tact – to let them deal with it – let us know! Carrying a heavy lawnmower by yourself can cause unnecessary injury. We’ll dispose of it for you with our team of expert removalists.
How Cheapest Load of Rubbish Can Help
Cheapest Load of Rubbish is happy to offer our services in rubbish removal in Sydney to those disposing of lawn mowers! Whether you’re using our Sydney rubbish removal service to pick up and transport a broken down mower – or need our help breaking it down – or are needing to transport a complete mower to a recycling centre, we’re happy to help.
Our team is always ready to go and happy to help in any way we can. We can provide the heavy-lifting if needed, or the knowledge of what goes in what pile to be recycled, and what can be sold as precious metals. If you’re looking for options outside of recycling, we’d be happy to offer some ideas over the phone, too! Contact Cheapest Load of Rubbish today to see how we can help you get rid of that lawn mower!