Wondering how to recycle inflatables, paddling pools, and more? Read on – I’ve got details of a great initiative for you!
Summer has officially come to a close in Scotland. All the schools have resumed, and the beaches are quiet. This is despite being filled with happy kids, fish and chips, ice cream cones, buckets and spades, and lilos and rubber rings just a few weeks previously.
If you have kids, or even if you don’t have kids, you may have amassed a collection of inflatables over the summer. From lilos to rubber rings, from paddling pools to inflatable dinghies, you may have some in your shed or garage or stuffed under the stairs.
What To Do With A Burst Inflatable or Paddling Pool?
The trouble is that these items are delicate and don’t always withstand one summer’s worth of use, or three seasons of storage. If your paddling pool or inflatable has a puncture that can’t be repaired or is intended for the bin, then don’t bin it. Did you know your unwanted inflatables and paddling pools can be recycled rather cleverly?
Indeed, the clever people at Inflatable Amensty run an inflatable recycling service. Here you can post them your inflatables or paddling pools that would have otherwise gone in the bin and they will work their magic. That magic being turning them into rather funky bags, like the one below that is made from recycled paddling pools.
Isn’t that such a clever way to recycle inflatables?
How To Recycle Inflatables & Paddling Pools
You can post your inflatable or paddling pool to Inflatable Amnesty. Use this page to buy a postage label based on the weight of your inflatables. Do note that it’s important to use the postage label. Inflatable Amnesty says any items posted without the postal label service will not reach its workshop.
Inflatable Amnesty is able to accept most inflatables, however, there are some items that it cannot accept. Firstly, Inflatable Amnesty only accepts inflatables showing the CE mark, either on the packaging or on the item itself.
Secondly, it is unable able to accept mouldy inflatables. If you’re not sure whether your paddling pool or inflatable is mouldy or dirty, then try and clean it yourself. If the marks don’t come off, then it’s mould, so these shouldn’t be posted to Inflatable Amnesty.
Airbeds can be recycled. However, if your broken inflatable airbed has a plug-in motor, please remove the motor before sending it.
Finally, it is unable to accept rubber footballs, wetsuits, space hoppers, yoga/exercise balls, paddling pools with rigid sides, hot tubs, swimming caps, shower curtains, birthing pools, rubber gloves, or helium or latex balloons.
Please note, I receive a HUGE volume of emails asking if I am still accepting inflatables and paddling pools for recycling. Please note, I am not connected to Inflatable Amnesty so please contact them directly with any queries.
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