With summer here, kids and adults alike are excited for all the opportunities to go swimming. If you have a pool at your house, you not only have the convenience of being able to swim whenever you like, but an added boost to your entertainment appeal. A house with a pool is the house where everyone wants to be in the summer. But maintaining the pool is another story. Pools use liquid pool chlorine, which can be a powerful chemical, and it does come with an expiration date. Sometimes homeowners find themselves with too many or with expired pool chemicals. These can’t simply be dropped in the trash, so what do you do with them?

Take Them to a Pool Company

If you have more pool chemicals than you need, or your pool chemicals are old, most pool companies should be willing to accept them. You can return them to the manufacturer or find a pool company in your local area that will take them. Expired liquid chlorine is less potent, but it can still be used in pools, so they may still be willing to accept it, even if it’s expired. This way there’s no waste and the chemicals are still used.

Donate to a Community Pool

Similarly, a community pool may be willing to use what you don’t need of your liquid pool chlorine. Community pools are sometimes stretched thin when it comes to resources, as they serve a larger group of people and are in operation all summer. The donation of pool chemicals that you don’t need are sure to be appreciated, and even expired pool chemicals will be useful to them.

Ask Your Neighbors

Following the spirit of giving away your liquid chlorine to places where it might be more needed, ask your neighbors who have a pool if they could use any pool chemicals that you don’t need. Don’t know of any neighbors that have a pool? Ask coworkers when you go into the office for the day. In this age of social media, you can even post something to Facebook to reach a wider range of locals who might need the pool chemicals that you don’t.

Use Them In Your Own Pool

Again, expired pool chemicals may still be used in your pool. They won’t cause any damage to the pool or anyone who swims in it, but they will be less potent. Because of this, you will need to use more pool chemicals in order to get the effect you need. This could work out in your favor if you feel that you have too many pool chemicals going unused. Try to give away what you can first, but if you have anything left over, go ahead and use it if you can.

Pool chemicals may not be able to be recycled, but you can keep your home green by using smart practices to dispose of them and recycling whatever else you’re able. Contact Brazos Valley Trash Valet & Recycling today for more information on our complimentary recycling service with our regular trash pickup.