Hot Tubs - What Do I Do With It? Recycling and Disposal Guide

by Anvika aryaJanuary 19, 2023
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Purchasing a hot tub can be an exciting experience, but what do you do when it’s time to get rid of it? In this blog post, we provide a recycling and disposal guide for hot tubs so that you can make the most of your purchase and help protect our environment. From finding a recycler to understanding potential hot tub waste disposal options, read on to learn more about what you need to do before getting rid of your hot tub.

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What is a hot tub and what does it do?

A hot tub is a water-filled container that is placed in the ground or in an above-ground boat/tub platform. People use them for relaxation, exercise, and as a source of heated water. People put their feet in the water and relax while the tub fills with warm water to 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

What is the hot tub recycling process?

If you are thinking about removing your hot tub, there are a few things you should know about recycling the unit. The recycling process for hot tubs is essentially the same as recycling other items:

1. Remove all debris and packaging from the hot tub before starting.

2. Collect the tub itself, drain and pump systems, and all liner pieces in one container.

3. Contact your local waste disposal company to schedule a pick-up of the entire unit.

4. Include any necessary documentation with the container, such as the manufacturer’s warranty card or transport labels from your regional collection authority.

What are the disposal rules for hot tubs?

There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to disposing of your hot tub. First, make sure you have the right size container for the waste water you produce. The item should be at least 3 gallons and no wider than 22 inches. Second, be sure to recycle any materials that can be recycled, such as plastic covers and filter cartridges. Finally, don’t forget to dispose of the hot tub itself in a responsible way.

What if I have questions about my hot tub?

If you have any questions about your hot tub, please feel free to contact us. We have created a guide on recycling and disposal for hot tubs here. Additionally, we suggest checking the manufacturer's website or contacting them directly for more information on specific models.

How to Recycle a Hot Tub

When it comes time to recycle your hot tub, there are a few things to keep in mind.

First, always disconnect the electrical cords first.
Second, be sure to remove any seals or covers on the hot tub body before recycling.
Third, collect all of the water and waste that has accumulated during use and place it in a large garbage container.
Finally, contact your local recycling center to arrange for collection.

What can I recycle in a hot tub?

Your hot tub is a great resource for recycling. Here are some specific items you can recycle in your hot tub:

• Plastic bottles:bottles with a screw top can be recycled by unscrewing the top and placing the bottle in a designated recycle bin. If the bottle has a push-top, place the cap on the bottom of the bottle and twist it to remove it. Place all plastic bottles in a single pile to be recycled.
One common mistake people make when recycling plastic bottles is not to recycle them correctly. Bottles that are recyclable have a green “bottle” symbol on their label, while those that are not recyclable have a blue “waste” symbol on their label.

• Plastics bags:plastic bags can be recycled by tying them into small bundles and placing them in a designated recycle bin. When recycling plastic bags, always double check the bag size before putting it into the recycling bin to make sure it will fit.

• Foam insulation:foam insulation can be recycled by scraping off any adhesive or plastic material and fluffing the padding until it is uncompressed. Rip open any large pieces of foam insulation and put them into separate piles for recycling.

What can I compost in a hot tub?

Contrary to popular belief, hot tubs can be recycled. In fact, they make great composters! Here are some tips on how to make the most of your hot tub:

-Remove all plastics and other materials that could release toxins into the water. This includes items like covers, filters, and tubing.

-Add a layer of dry organic matter like leaves, grass clippings, and kitchen scraps.

-Pack the material loosely with a trowel or pitchfork until it's about 2 feet deep. Make sure the material is well mixed in order to create an even heat distribution.

-Wait two to four months until the compost is ready to use. You'll know it's ready when the pile has turned brown and smells earthy.


If you have a hot tub, it’s important to know the basics about recycling and disposing of it. Many people think that just because a hot tub is recreational equipment, it doesn’t need to be recycled. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Hot tubs can actually be recycled by breaking them down into their component parts and then sending them off for recycling. Additionally, if you no longer want your hot tub and can’t take it with you when you move, make sure to get in touch with your local municipality and see if they offer any recycling or disposal services for them.

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