By Mr. Everest
We’re nearing the end of the ski season and if you’re like me, this is a great time to buy new gear. But what to do with the old? If you live in the Rockies there’s a fabulous recycling program that’s diverting millions of pounds of landfill waste each year. But before you commit your long boards and accessories to recycling, reuse is the greener path to take:
Freecycle is a great way to keep your ski and snowboard gear out of landfills and still cruising the slopes. Some people are cool with using outdated gear. My wife, for example, skied the slopes this season on her 15 year old Black Diamond AT gear.
Donate your gear to a local youth ski program or adaptive ski program. If you check with your ski areas or local ski shops, you most likely find a program that would be happy to use your equipment that’s in good condition and not outdated. Snowpals of Tahoe is just one example.
You could always start your own ski swap, enticing others in your community to bring their gear so families can outfit the kids with neighbor’s hand-me-downs. It’s a great way to keep skiing affordable for us all.
Yankee Magazine has a great article, with plans, showing you how to make your own ski Adirondack chair.
Our Trash Backwards app has more reuse ideas for your inspiration:
If you live or ski in Colorado and Utah a great recycling service was set up by the Snow Sports Recycling Program. You can drop off your ski gear at participating stores that will literally turn your gear into chips that’ll be turned into new goods. Find your nearest drop off location here. They’ll take skis, snowboards, boots, helmets, bindings and poles. These materials create waste streams that are approximately 5% steel, 25 % aluminum, 60% plastic and the balance are wood and fiberglass, all reusable in new applications.
If you live near Aspen, CO you can contact Reeski to see if they’ll take your skis and boards to turn into cool looking furniture.
There’s no need for our gear to end up in the landfill. If you’re stumped about a particular item and want to find a reduce, reuse, recycle option for it, drop us a line in the comments below and we’ll get on it.