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5 Ways for How to Dispose of a Grill

BenPublished: August 5, 2023
5 Ways for How to Dispose of a Grill

So, you've had some great times with your old grill, right? The backyard barbecues, the summertime sizzle, and the mouthwatering smokey flavors! But let's face it, nothing lasts forever, and it's time for your trusty grill to retire. You may wonder, "What's the proper way to say goodbye?" Don't worry! We've got your back with these 5 awesome and eco-friendly ways to dispose of your grill.

When you know it's time to trash that grill.

When should you get rid of your grill? Well, if you're upgrading to a new model with more functionality, you probably need to get rid of your old gas grill. However, even if you're not in the market for a new grill, there are still several signs that point to the need for you to dispose of your old one.

  • Excessive rust. A little rust on the grill grates can be cleaned and treated, but if the rust has infiltrated the body of the grill, or the burners, it may affect the grill's performance and safety. Rust can lead to uneven heating and potentially hazardous conditions.
  • Frequent repairs. If you find yourself constantly replacing parts or having to make repairs, investing in a new grill might be more cost-effective. Frequent breakdowns can also be a sign that your grill is reaching the end of its lifespan.
  • Uneven heating. A properly functioning grill should distribute heat evenly across its surface. If you're noticing some areas of your grill are consistently hotter than others, it could be a sign of underlying issues with the burners or the gas line.
  • Age and appearance. If your grill is more than 10 years old and looking worn out, it might be time for an upgrade. Newer models often have improved efficiency and features that can enhance your grilling experience.

Remember, a malfunctioning grill isn't just an inconvenience—it can also be a safety hazard. It's important to regularly inspect your grill and address any issues promptly to ensure safe and enjoyable BBQ sessions.

Ideas for disposing of your grill.

If you have an old grill that you need to get rid of, there are a few simple ways to do it. Here are five easy methods on how to dispose of your grill.

Recycle your old grill.

When it's time to bid farewell to your trusty old grill, recycling it is usually the best option. Instead of merely discarding it, consider this more sustainable option.

Many grill parts are made from recyclable materials such as steel, cast iron, or aluminum. By choosing to recycle your old grill, you're reducing waste and contributing to a more sustainable future. After all, that's a lot of waste that can be reused.

So, how do you go about recycling a grill? Let's break it down—

  1. Contact your local recycling facility. Before you load up your grill and head to the recycling center, it’s a good idea to call them first. Different facilities have different policies, so it's important to determine if they accept grills. Some may even offer pick-up services, saving you the trip.
  2. Prep your grill. Once you've confirmed that your local recycling facility accepts grills, it’s time to prepare your grill for recycling. This means removing non-metal parts such as wooden handles, plastic knobs, or rubber wheels. Don't forget to clean out any leftover ashes and grease if it's a charcoal grill, or remove the propane tank if it's a gas grill.
  3. Drop off your grill. Now that your grill is ready, it's time to take it to the recycling center. The facility will typically have personnel who can help download the grill off your trailer or out of the back of your truck.

Recycling your old grill at a local recycling center is more than an eco-friendly disposal method. It's a testament to the value and longevity of the items we use every day. By recycling, we acknowledge that these items have a life beyond their initial purpose and can contribute to creating new products.

Scrap it at a scrap metal yard.

Scrap Metal Yard for your Grill

Another way to properly dispose of your old grill is to take it to a scrap metal yard. Like recycling, removing the non-metal parts before dropping off your grill is necessary. Some scrap yards may only take larger components like the grill lid or the grill body.

The best thing about taking your old grills to scrap metal dealers is they offer payment for metal items such as grills, so be sure to inquire about their rates or policies before bringing yours in.

Like recycling, going to a scrap metal recycler is also a great way to reduce your grill's environmental impact. By bringing it in and ensuring it gets recycled, you're helping conserve resources and keep the environment clean. The big difference? You'll get paid for your efforts.

Bulk trash pickup service.

For the less eco-friendly route, you can contact your city's bulk waste pickup service for help disposing of your old grill. This service usually comes with a fee and is typically reserved for larger items like grills. Of course, they're not taking it to a recycling center, but instead they're taking it to a local dump or transfer station.

Before calling the pickup service, knowing what won't be accepted is important. Non-metal parts (such as plastic wheels, electric controllers, gas control knobs, or wooden handles) are not usually accepted, and you'll want to ensure the propane tanks or charcoal containers are no longer attached so the service can safely dispose of the grill.

Some municipalities offer a bulk trash service day each week or month in addition to their regular trash service, so check with your local government for more information.

Make a charitable donation.

We love the idea of giving your old grill new life by donating it. Not only will you be helping a person in need, but you'll also be doing something good for the environment.

While some charities won't accept grills due to safety concerns, plenty out there do.

Clean up your old gas grill and donate it to a local charity or thrift store. You could even reach out to a needy family via social media or your local homeless shelter.

Sell or give the grill away.

Just like making a donation to dispose of your grill, if your grill still has some life and you're just upgrading to a newer model, consider selling or giving it away.

Websites like Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, eBay, and Nextdoor are great ways to find buyers who are looking for a good deal on a quality grill. You can also contact local thrift stores or fraternities or sororities near your college campus if they need an extra grill.

The best part of this option is that most of the time you don't have to load it up and transport it yourself. Most people who want to buy your old grill will come pick it up from your home or meet you at a designated place.

What do you do with an old propane tank?

Old Gas Grill Propane Tank

Now that we've listed ways to dispose of your grill, what about old propane tanks? If you get rid of a propane grill, chances are you still have an old tank sitting around.

The safest way to dispose of a propane tank is to bring it to a certified recycler such as a propane gas dealer. Most of these gas dealers refurbish the propane tanks from gas grills and other BBQs, so they should be able to safely recycle your tank.

Some cities also have designated recycling centers where you can drop off propane tanks for proper disposal. Again, contacting the local facility first is important to ensure they accept propane tanks.

Keep in mind that due to the highly flammable nature of a propane tank, you don't want to throw it out in regular garbage. Even if they're empty and the tank valve is left open, some residual gas may still be left in the tank.

Grill disposal done right!

No matter which method you choose to dispose of your old grill, the most important thing is that you do it safely and responsibly. Not only will you be helping protect the environment from hazardous materials being released into the air, but you'll also ensure that it gets reused or recycled properly.

By following these tips, you can enjoy a greener summer while knowing you're caring for the planet. That's why we always recommend disposing of your grill and propane tank in a way that leaves as little impact on the environment as possible.

Now go and enjoy your new grill!




Ben is a certified nutritionist with a special interest in sustainable cooking. He has a master’s degree in Environmental Studies, which gives him a unique understanding of the connection between food and the environment. With years of experience working in organic kitchens and writing about sustainable food practices, Ben brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. His insights guide readers on how to make their outdoor cooking experiences more eco-friendly.