How to Get Rid of a Treadmill

Newer, updated treadmill models are introduced into the market every now and then, and suddenly your old treadmill seems too old and hard to maintain. Sometimes the treadmill also goes unused although you had the best of intentions while purchasing it.

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We understand how you feel, and we can even point you in the direction of some really excellent treadmills perfect for your requirements.

But there’s no running away from the fact that you will eventually have to get rid of your old treadmill to make room for a new one or to just declutter your space. There are several different things you can do to properly get rid of your used treadmill.

No matter what your reason is for wanting to throw away your old treadmill, we understand that getting rid of the bulky monstrosity of exercise equipment is a daunting task.

But we are glad that you’ve come to the right place because we can give you plenty of suggestions as to how best to get rid of a used treadmill, or how to donate a new treadmill that you don’t find fit for you.

We are trying to do our part in reducing the amount of trash being dumped in landfills by listing down all the alternatives that are available to you to get rid of your unwanted treadmill.

Landfill sites are not pretty. Sadly, the problems associated with landfills is bigger than the huge piles of waste. Burying waste in the ground has an impact on our environment, and the climate, even if done in a controlled and conscious manner.

The three most important problems with landfills are toxins, leachate, and greenhouse gases; all producing permanent, extensive damage to our environment and its resources.

We understand while eliminating waste wholly is not realistic, waste prevention is the best management option, followed by recycling.

So, Team Fitness About has compiled some options you can choose to get rid of a used treadmill instead of throwing it away at your nearest dumpsite or a junkyard where it eventually ends up in a landfill.


If your exercise equipment is in good condition, you could always ask your relatives, friends, or neighbors if they are looking to buy second-hand exercise equipment like a treadmill.

You could slash down the prices according to the wear and tear and spruce up the treadmill before you try to sell it. Because a treadmill is big, bulky, and heavy, we suggest that it’s better if you could sell it off locally.

Spread the word around, you could even use social media wisely to let your friends and followers who live nearby know that you’ve got a treadmill to sell.

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Sell On Used Exercise Equipment Website

You can always put up an ad on a website intended for selling second hand or refurbished equipment.  These websites can give you an idea of what price your used treadmill may fetch.

Fill out a form to submit regarding the treadmill, its age, brand, and condition and upload a couple of high-quality photos along with the ad. Provide contact information as well as the equipment’s sale price.

Also, websites like Craigslist are ideal if you are looking to resell a used item. Simply put up an advertisement listing the treadmill’s features, weight, and dimensions, etc, and add clear pictures of the treadmill from different angles.

Name your price taking into account the machine’s brand, how long you used it for, and the consequent wear and tear, as well as its functionality.

Smart machines will fetch more prices than older machines.  And here, team Fitness About suggests that you ask for cash only transactions to avoid any fraud or complications.

You may also choose to organize a garage sale and sell your unwanted treadmill along with several other unused or unwanted items that you’ve been thinking of throwing away to declutter your space.


If your equipment is in good condition, you may be able to find a local organization that is willing to pick it up from your place.

What you can do is to check with your local community center, senior center, and other community welfare groups to get in touch with someone interested in a second-hand treadmill.

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People would be more willing to take the used treadmill off your hands if you donate it freely. If your treadmill is only gently used and is in good working order, consider donating your treadmill to your local Salvation Army, Big Brothers Big Sisters, or even a gym center if possible.

You can also donate it to someone you know personally who is in need of a used treadmill, or you could donate it to the charity organizations mentioned above or even at the YMCA for example, if they are interested in adding a treadmill to their gym.

You might still have to pay a fee when you’re donating to some charity and the pickup appointment may also turn out to be more delayed than you expected.

Aside from the fact that you are doing a good deed for the community and also refraining from further trashing a landfill, deciding to donate your unwanted treadmill also comes with another advantage- your donation to a charity or thrift store is tax-deductible.

Simply make sure that you obtain any tax forms if you are donating your treadmill, to avoid complications in case your return is contested.

Enlist With A Treadmill Pick Up Service

You can find companies offering services where their team can haul away your used exercise equipment and sell or donate it for you. You can find such websites online and entrust the people to take it off your hands by paying an upfront fee when you book a service with them.

Locate your nearest agencies by checking the different organizations’ websites or by searching Google or the Yellow Pages.

Whether you choose to resell or donate, you are also choosing to avoid occupying space in an already overburdened landfill. Just make sure that the treadmill is in good condition, fix any loose fittings, and thoroughly clean the treadmill before you sell or donate it.


Consider taking your old treadmill to your city or county’s recycling program. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the guidelines listed by these recycling programs because most of them warn against bringing in electronic parts for recycling.

If your local or county recycling program is not an option, you can approach a private company that provides pick-up and recycling of unwanted treadmill for a fee.

You can also watch out for local recycling events in or near your own neighborhood since it’s a great way to declutter your home while causing the least damage to your environment.

Disposing Of Broken Exercise Equipment

Now, in case you are crunched for time and need the old treadmill out of your way as soon as possible, you might have considered whether the garbage man will take the old treadmill off your hands.

Most places will take smaller pieces of fitness equipment but are unable to accept bulkier, heavy-weight items like an elliptical trainer, stationary bike, or treadmill.

If you’re wondering how to get rid of a broken or severely outdated treadmill, here are some places where a broken treadmill is welcomed:

  • Companies selling metal scraps
  • Companies selling used equipment
  • Companies that specialize in repairing devices
  • Companies recycling materials

A quick search online can give you names and numbers for these places in your locality so that you can get in touch with them to fix an appointment.

They will provide you with a quote for the service plus the pick up costs so that you can evaluate and compare the costs of different providers and reach out to them accordingly.

How Can 1-800-GOT-JUNK Dispose of Your Treadmill?

Now, if you’ve been hearing a lot about 1-800-GOT-JUNK and would like to know more about how you can dispose of your treadmill with them, here is some information our team at Fitness About has compiled for you.

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How 1-800-GOT-JUNK  Works:

  • Schedule an appointment online or by calling the number provided on the website. During the appointment, you can get an estimate of the fee.
  • The truck team will call you 15-30 minutes before your scheduled 2-hour appointment window to let you know exactly when they will reach your place to collect the unwanted treadmill.
  • The truck team will assess the items you want to be removed and provide you with an up-front all-inclusive price. If all you have to get rid of is your unwanted treadmill, that is fine too. You need to go ahead with the process only if you are fine with the revised upfront all-inclusive cost.
  • Once the team has removed your treadmill from your premises, they will also sweep up the area. Payment will be collected only after the job is done.

1-800-GOT-JUNK can take care of handling any fitness equipment from kettlebells to stationary bikes and offers a no-contact junk removal service; meaning that the truck team will only touch the item to be removed, and will also sweep up the premises after they’ve moved the item.

We hope that the information provided in this article has been helpful to you, and hope that it also serves as a guide on how you can avoid your unwanted items from ending up in a landfill that harms the environment!


About Gaurav Dhir

Gaurav Dhir, B. Tech, PGDCM is an engineer and MBA by training. A fitness aficionado, Gaurav follows a strict diet and exercise regimen to keep himself vigorously active. He loves playing sports and being outdoors. Gaurav is responsible for the health and wellness of 4 generations including his son, elderly parents and very elderly grandparents.