It seems that we have more and more old motorcycle helmets taking up space in our basements and garages. Some of us may have even kept a few along the way. So, what can be done with them? Some of them are fairly simple to recycle, while others are more complicated. Let’s take a look at some of the things you can do with old motorcycle helmets.
If the helmet is not expired you can:
- Sell at used helmet
- Trade it in
If the helmet is expired you can:
- Send for recycling
- Ask a waste collection company
What to do with the expired motorcycle helmet?
Did you know that helmets have a limited lifespan? It was designed to protect the head against the worst situations if the motorcycle is involved in an accident. However, when the helmet has reached the end of its service life, it no longer plays a role.
Send for recycling
In Japan, there’s an association called Japan Helmet Manufacturers Association. The group has established a helmet recycling center and collects trade-in helmets from affiliated dealers and vendors.
Instead of tossing them in the trash or donating them to charity, many riders are choosing to give them a new life as a tool for good causes. You can ask your local government if they have such recycling center for used and expired motorcycle helmets.
Ask a waste collection company
If you want to dispose of other items such as home appliances and furniture, you can ask a junk removal company to pick them up. You must throw away the helmet that has reached the end of its useful life.
The cost of collection is high, but there is no need to wait until the collection date for it since it is collected in bulk and disposed of immediately. Using it for general cleaning or moving may be a good idea.
Although there are many good guys, there are also some bad players. There are many cases where a large amount of money was charged after collection, even though it was claimed to be free, and cases where the collected materials were illegally dumped.
It is the owner of the waste that is responsible for illegal dumping, and you are liable for the crime.
Before getting your waste picked up, you need to get a quote and make sure you are qualified for disposal.
What to do with the not expired motorcycle helmet?
As you may know, many people have put old motorcycle helmets on their lawns and have them for sale on Craigslist. These helmets are usually free of any noticeable damage and are from late-model motorcycles.
There are usually a lot of old helmets for sale, but the ones that catch your eye tend to be the ones that have been spray-painted or have been modified in some way.
They are some of the most interesting helmets, and they serve as a reminder to us all of the often-dangerous and lethal nature of motorcycles.
If a helmet has not been used in over 3 years or if it hasn’t been purchased for less than 3 years, it can be sold.
Retailers that sell motorcycle accessories and specialty stores that purchase motorcycles should have a solid assessment. Helmets with a high rarity value, such as limited edition models, may sell at surprising prices.
Once a helmet has been damaged, it cannot be used or sold. It will be detected by experts, so do not try to buy it even though it looks fine on the outside.
You would probably sell your motorcycle helmet at a motorcycle specialty store, but then you would also buy motorcycle supplies at the same time, so it would be two birds with one stone.
Why not give it to a friend who is about to buy a motorcycle or donate it abroad?
There is no need to give away expired helmets or have used in an accident. Buying a second-hand helmet will make you worried about quality and hygiene since helmets aren’t cheap anymore.
Giving it to a friend is safe, and it is easier to dispose of, so it is beneficial.