Thursday, March 19, 2009

Recycling Vacuum Cleaners

Last week my old Eureka upright vacuum cleaner seemed to be on its last leg. It wasn't surprising since my mom had handed it down to me in the early 90s. I am not sure when she bought it, but I remember her saying once that it was a low end model.

Through a loyalty program I had the opportunity to get a new Oreck XL Classic vacuum for free. This is a great deal seeing that this vacuum cleaner retails for around $300 and in my mind that seems like an awful lot of money to pay for a vacuum.

My new vacuum arrived on Tuesday and I love it! It is so lightweight, adjusts easily between different types of flooring (I vacuum everywhere to save time) and is doing a great job sucking up dog hair.

I had planned to throw the old vacuum in the trash, but felt guilty about the environmental waste. My husband reminded me that Recycle Ann Arbor would probably take the vacuum, as he had recently taken an old copier for my mom and our old shredder for recycling there. I called and they will take the old vacuum for free or at most a $2 fee. Less clutter in my house, reduced waste in the landfill and clean floors! What more could one need for a Simply Organized Life?


  1. Thank you so much for posting this! I've been looking for a place in south-central Michigan to recycle a vacuum for ages! I nearly gave up and just chucked the thing in the dumpster, but not only is it really bad for the environment, but its becoming illegal in more and more places.
    Thanks again!

  2. I am glad you found this post and it is helpful to you. Recycle Ann Arbor ( is now charging a $3 entry fee per vehicle so you might want to load up some other stuff for the same trip.