Don’t Sweat It! How to Remove and Recycle Exercise Equipment

How to Remove and Recycle Exercise Equipment

Exercise equipment – treadmills, ellipticals, weight benches and bikes can be amazing tools for achieving better health, but when they’ve become “dead weight” around your home, how do you remove old gym equipment? After physically wrestling the items out of your house then loading them into a truck, where do you recycle exercise equipment and how is it done safely? Although it can be overwhelming, there are some simple actions you can take to get rid of your old fitness equipment.

So if you’re looking for helpful tips and a better understanding of the removal process, then keep reading, because Junk 4 Good is here to help!

Options for Recycling and Upcycling Fitness Equipment

What are your options for recycling your old exercise equipment? This may actually depend on your city and local services offered, but typically there are a few best options to seek out.

Recycle gym equipment at an Eco Station

Eco Stations can often be one of the most convenient and easily accessible destinations for your old exercise equipment. Eco Stations in Edmonton are located throughout the city and are available to be used by Edmonton residents. The fees for disposal are often very reasonable at these sites.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity can also be an excellent destination for old fitness equipment. This is a great organization that works to re-sell items in gently used condition, to generate funding for their programs. Be sure to check with your local store to make sure they accept this type of equipment!

Sell on a local marketplace!

Another good option for getting rid of gently used gym equipment is to sell it on a local marketplace. Some examples of websites to sell items on would be Kijiji, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist and Carrot Market. Selling items online of course comes with their pro’s and con’s, however this can be a great option if you’re looking to get some value back out of your equipment.

Old, broken down treadmill in a home gym, ready for exercise equipment removal and recycling.

Finding Local Recycling Centers for Exercise Equipment

At Junk 4 Good, we always promote recycling over disposal when possible. Exercise equipment can often be a great candidate for recycling because of the amount of metal used to build each piece. So if your old fitness machines are no longer usable, then finding a local recycler might be the best solution for you.

As mentioned above, Eco Stations are an easily accessible option for most residents located in Edmonton. Often at these sites, you have the option to manually unload and separate items into different dumpsters. They will commonly have bins for disposal, metal recycling, household chemicals, yard waste, etc. These can be great if you have more items than just exercise equipment to recycle.

Another option for recycling exercise machines would be taking them directly to a metal scrap yard. These however aren’t always as conveniently located depending on where you’re located and are often designed for commercial customers. A couple examples would be on the General Scrap in the west, or Maple Leaf Metals in the east. Be sure to search for a scrap metal recycler near you!

What to Consider When Hiring Exercise Equipment Removal Services

If after you’ve done your research, it all seems too overwhelming to do it yourself, junk removal is the service for you! There are some very important aspects to consider when you hire a company to remove your old treadmill or other exercise equipment. Junk 4 Good are your local fitness equipment removal specialists in the Edmonton area. 


Whenever you have a company working in or around your home, insurance is critical to make sure you and the company are properly protected. Lifting and maneuvering heavy equipment always comes with the risk of personal injury and coming into contact with your surroundings. Should either of these occur, its important to make sure everyone is properly protected, especially you, the customer. This is where proper Liability Insurance as well as Workers Insurance (WCB) is important. Junk 4 Good maintains ample insurance to keep our teams and our customers safe!

Experience and Reputation

Another important consideration is a company’s experience and reputation. Hiring an experienced company will give you the best opportunity for an incident-free and highly satisfactory removal experience. Knowing how to disassemble, maneuver, safely lift and remove items from your home is critical. Additionally, knowing what to do and where to take items for recycling and disposal is something that comes with experience. On top of this knowledge, a companies reputation speaks to how they have interacted with previous customers, showing the good and the bad. Junk 4 Good offers excellent removal services and has amazing customers that have left us wonderful reviews. Reviews are a helpful way to gauge how a company will interact with you as a customer and the services they will provide when you hire them.

Pricing for Exercise Equipment Removal

One of the most common considerations of an exercise equipment removal is of course, the cost. Many removal companies are hesitant to expose their pricing up-front, hoping to utilize upsells when in-person. Others may use complicated pricing strategies that are difficult to understand, hoping to secure the job then reveal the price at the end. Junk 4 Good prides ourselves in easy to understand and transparent pricing. We’re so transparent, its available on our website and we even offer online estimating tool that allows you to book online!

Junk 4 Good will work hard to make sure expectations are set before we remove even a single piece of fitness equipment from your home.

Exercise Equipment Removal FAQ

Can I recycle my old exercise equipment?

Yes, many components of exercise equipment, such as metal frames and electrical components, can be recycled. Contact your local recycling depot to inquire about their policies on accepting exercise equipment. If you need assistance hauling these items, Junk 4 Good can do all the hard work for you!

What should I do with exercise equipment that is still in good condition?

If your exercise equipment is still functional and in good condition, consider donating it to local charities, community centers, schools, or fitness programs. Websites like Kijiji and Facebook Marketplace are also great platforms for giving away or selling used exercise equipment.

How can I dispose of exercise equipment that is no longer usable?

For exercise equipment that is no longer functional or safe to use, contact your Junk 4 Good to assist in proper disposal and recycling. Our teams can take all the hard work off your hands, simply point and we will remove it!

Is there a market for selling old exercise equipment?

Yes, there is a market for selling used exercise equipment, especially if it’s in gently used condition. You can try selling it through online marketplaces like eBay, Kijiji, or Facebook Marketplace. Be sure to accurately describe the condition of the item and provide clear photos to attract potential buyers and save time from “tire kickers”.

Are there any eco-friendly options for getting rid of old exercise equipment?

Absolutely! Consider repurposing old exercise equipment by upcycling it into new items or incorporating it into DIY projects. Another great option is recycling the individual metal and electrical components. Junk 4 Good can arrange to recycle your old fitness equipment for you if you need a helping hand!

What does it cost to get rid of old exercise equipment?

Junk 4 Good structures its pricing on volume, where you only pay for the space your equipment takes up in our truck. The “average” price for fitness equipment (average would be a single treadmill) is between $164-$214 (1/8th-1/6th of a load).