How to Recycle a Garden Hose

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Many community recycling programs do not accept garden hoses, but that still doesn't mean you have to throw them in the trash. Instead, repurpose them around the yard, making new items such as compost bins, soaker or sprinkler hoses or even a doormat.

Recycling Options

While many communities do not accept garden hoses in household recycle bins, a few do. If unsure whether yours does, visit your community's website or call the local department that handles trash and recycling pickup. Many recycling programs accept the metal ends of the hose if you cut them from the hose first.

Repurposing Projects for the Garden and Yard

  • Build a compost bin by placing four stakes in a square formation in a corner of your yard. Wrap the hold hose around them to create the walls of the bin. Staple the hose to the stakes or use zip ties to secure the hose to the stakes.
  • Capture earwigs in traps made from 6-inch lengths of cut garden hose. Set the traps around the garden or yard; earwigs hide within them during the day. Shake the traps over a bucket of soapy water to get rid of the earwigs.
  • Poke holes every 2 to 4 inches along one side of an old hose to make a soaker hose for the garden or yard, or use it as a sprinkler for kids and pets to run through on a hot day. Poke the holes with a sharp awl or the tip of a craft knife, doing your best not to puncture the other side of the hose. 

Crafty Upcycled Hose Projects

  • Rescue an old folding chair missing its webbing by weaving old garden hoses through the frame as new seats and backs.  
  • Form a basket by wrapping part of the hose into a tight coil, then continuing the coil upward to create the walls of the basket. Use different colored hoses for colorful weatherproof baskets, or use them as planters or plant-pot covers. Use zip ties to hold the coils together.
  • Make a doormat for the front or back porch by wrapping a flat hose in a tight coil, connecting the coils to one another with zip ties. 
  • Create funky wall art such as flowers, spirals or cursive words using lengths of clean garden hose. Use hot glue, nails or sturdy staples to attach the hose to a backing material such as an artist's canvas or foam board. Paint the hose first, if desired, to add color. 

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