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Hi guys.
Im currently writing a paper on the recycling of snow skis. My focus is to prevent skis going into land fill and the effects this has on our environment by building ski furniture out of the unwanted or outdated skis. I would like to ask a couple of questions.
1) How regularly would you and others buy new skis?
2) If anyone knows of the amount of skis a hire place would go through, and their process of getting rid of the old outdated equipment?
3) The amount of skis a company would make for a typical season?
Any other information on recycling of skis, and the forms of recycling out there would also be helpful.

thankyou
Jacob
post #2 of 10
Here's my old skis.  Someone buikt a house out ot them.
post #3 of 10
That's a good question Jacobsmall.  I've been thinking about that problem for a while now.

Skis and snowboards are such durable items they aren't easy to decompose into component parts/elements.  Not sure anyone would want 'Ski Furniture' though.

Burning in a high-temp oven with smoke stack scrubbers might do a good job of decomposition leaving only metal components behind.   I've often wondered if power plants that burn Natural Gas could be converted to high-tech garbage burning where the energy released from plastics might combine with energy from gas combustion to increase power production.   Plastics are pretty much just hydrocarbons anyway. 

.ma
post #4 of 10
1.  I would say that I very rarely buy new gear, seeing how it's usually 1 all-mountain pair that gets replaced once it loses it's bite.  I often find the best way to recycle is to give away your old gear to someone who wants to learn the sport without breaking the bank.



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Originally Posted by michaelA View Post
  Not sure anyone would want 'Ski Furniture' though.
 

You should phone up the Junk Raiders, i'm sure they would make something out of it that people would want.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junk_Raiders

I really see it happening...actually I don't, but if it did...
post #5 of 10
Why not put them under your feet and slide on the snow with them.
Use them up, THEN worry about how to dispose of them. Of course that will take many seasons of use.

When exactly did we become a disposable society? Not in my house
post #6 of 10
Check out the products and blueprints for recycling skis avail from  skichair.com
post #7 of 10

Summit County, CO has two methods of recycling. One is official at the recycling centers.

http://co.summit.co.us/landfill/


 
They have bins for skis and poles. The other is the Senior Center Rummage Sale.



What they don't sell to the public, they sell to a guy that makes ski furniture. They receive about 200 pair. They sell about 50 - 100 pair. The rest become furniture.

Of course some of us collect, and sometimes ski on, them so they stay out of the landfills.

MR

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Thread Starter 
thankyou all for your responses.
-michaelA: Do you or anyone have any advice or information about finding energy input for incineration and polution released through this process?
-MastersRacer: Were those number of skis recycled you gave for an average season? and do you know numbers of similar recycling places?

Anybody know of any other forms of recycling skis besides: landfill, incineration, salvation for further use, and ski furniture, i.e table and chairs? 
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by jacobsmall View Post

thankyou all for your responses.
-michaelA: Do you or anyone have any advice or information about finding energy input for incineration and polution released through this process?
-MastersRacer: Were those number of skis recycled you gave for an average season? and do you know numbers of similar recycling places?

Anybody know of any other forms of recycling skis besides: landfill, incineration, salvation for further use, and ski furniture, i.e table and chairs? 

The Rummage sale is once a year and I'm guessing by looking at the photos I took of what was there. I don't know how many of Summit County's recycling centers take skis nor how many or what happens to them. They have a phone number on the site for questions. Best of luck.

There are tons of people that make fences, decorate, make shrines (like in the 2nd post). Some people use them as stakes for their tomatos. I use some to mark the utility pedestals in my yard so they don't get plowed down in the winter.

Please post the results of your findings here.

MR
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