When you buy a new lawn mower, you may be faced with a tough decision: how to get rid of your old lawnmower. Getting rid of an old lawn mower is easier than you'd think, but it does require some effort and maybe some time.
If your lawn mower is still in good working order, you could list it on sites like Craigslist or in the classifieds of your local newspaper (although listing it in your newspaper will likely cost money). There are many families who cannot afford or do not want to purchase a new lawn mower who can benefit from a reasonably priced, used, functional lawn mower. When you list it, ensure that you include the make and model of the lawn mower, when you purchased it, details about its condition and past usage, how much you are asking, and if you are willing to deliver it to the buyer. Similarly, you could sell your lawn mower at a yard sale, if you have several other household items that you want or need to sell.
You could, if it is functional, donate your old lawn mower to a local church or charity organization. Often these types of groups accept donations of maintenance equipment; they will likely either sell it at a charity auction or use it themselves to maintain their own grounds.
Sometimes, small repair shops purchase used lawn mowers that they can repair and resell themselves. Selling your old lawn mower to a repair shop is a good idea if there are some aspects of it that are functional and others that are not. For example, a repair shop may be able to salvage the blade from your lawn mower, even if its engine is inoperable. This option allows you to give parts of your lawn mower new life.
Some retailers that sell lawn mowers accept old lawn mowers from consumers. What is great about these retailers is that they follow all of the proper steps for recycling these appliances so that you don't have to. Contact your local lawn mower dealer to see if they provide this community service.
If your lawn mower is inoperable, you could sell it to a scrap metal company or at your local landfill. Most counties and cities have ordinances relating to the disposal of equipment like lawn mowers, and you should ensure that you follow the laws as they are posted where you live. You should ensure that you are especially careful with gasoline-powered mowers, as any remaining gasoline could leak from it and cause problems with the soil or grass, or could start a fire.