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How About Recycling Your Old Dive Gear?

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Reader Sandra Quick (Grand Rapids, MI) wrote us with this question. "I have old regulators, BCs, wetsuits, fins, etc. Is there any place that would accept this stuff? Most places don't want the liability, but I can't imagine some of it can't be salvaged. Help! I need some space, as I hope Santa is bringing me new gear."

Unfortunately, there isn't a simple way to recycle dive gear. The best bet is to first contact the manufacturer -- many are putting together recycling programs for their gear. While some companies will take their obsolete products back for free, others require you to upgrade to a newer product before they'll recycle. The gear easiest for them to recycle are BCDs, regulators, dive computers and instruments. Of course, whether companies use what you give them or just trash it is another question....

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