Absolutely Not Recyclable
Garden hoses can get tangled in sorting equipment at recycling facilities, damaging the machinery and creating safety hazards for workers. Never put hoses in the recycling — always put them in the garbage.
Ways to Reduce
Look for Natural Hoses
Polyurethane or natural rubber hoses are safer materials than PVC hoses, so check the label. They are more eco-friendly because they do not contain chemicals that can leach into the environment.
Look for Lead-Free
Many hoses transmit unsafe levels of lead in their water due to their brass fittings. Reduce your hose’s environmental impact by choosing one that’s lead-free. Look for labels such as “Drink Safe,” “Safe for Potable Water,” “Lead-Free,” “Eco-Smart” and “Family-Safe.”
Ways to Reuse
Use as a Drip Watering System
One of the easiest ways to reuse an old garden hose is to poke holes in it and use it as a drip watering or irrigation system.
Make a Blade Guard
Slit open a piece of garden hose and use it as a blade protector for a saw, ax or even your ice skates.