Spring Cleaning: How to Dispose of Old or Unneeded Pool Chemicals
As the weather warms up and spring cleaning begins—you might run across some old or unneeded pool chemicals that you need to get rid of. It is unlawful to dispose of them in your trash—landfills will not accept hazardous che
Following are some of the methods of properly disposing of old pool chemicals.
- Use them in your pool—Although you might have to purchase another chemical to counteract the effect of the old chemical, it is still a very effective way to rid yourself of the old or unneeded chemical. If you do use them in your pool—remember to not mix them with any other chemicals and be sure to follow label instructions.
- Give the old or unneeded chemical to another pool owner—Water from one pool to another varies, as does the chemicals required to balance the pool water. You might have a friend or neighbor that could use the product in their pool.
- Take the old or unneeded chemical to a pool company—Most pool companies will accept old or unneeded pool chemicals if the container is still in good shape. Sometimes the pool company can use the chemical or, if not, can properly dispose of the chemical.
Another alternative is to call the solid waste department in your local community and ask for their advice. Many local communities host a cleanup day, and often times they will accept pool chemicals.
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