How to Responsibly Dispose of Old Wetsuits

A stack of clothing, including a vest, lifejacket, and bag.

If you have an old wetsuit that you no longer need, there are several responsible options for disposal or recycling. Wetsuits are typically made from neoprene, a synthetic rubber material. Here are some methods to avoid landfilling your old wetsuit:

  • Reuse: If your wetsuit is still in good condition, consider donating it to someone who can use it. Many surf schools or organizations accept used wetsuits for beginner surfers or for water sports programs.
  • Recycle: Neoprene is a recyclable material, so look for facilities or programs that accept wetsuit recycling. Some companies specialize in recycling neoprene and turning it into new products, such as yoga mats or laptop sleeves.
  • Repurpose: Get creative and repurpose your old wetsuit into something new and useful. You can cut it up and use the neoprene for various crafts or DIY projects. For example, you can make pouches, laptop sleeves, or even dog toys.

It's important to note that old wetsuits may contain hazardous materials, such as adhesives or laminates, which can be harmful to the environment if not properly disposed of. Make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions or check with your local recycling facility for specific guidelines.