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Damaged climbing rope... What to do with it?

What does everyone do with damaged ropes? Whether it's obviously damaged or you just know it caught one too many, too hard, falls... Do you just immediately throw it in the garbage? Mark it somehow so you'll never use it climbing again but keep it for other uses? Is there some way to recycle it?

Has the need for disposal options (other than the landfill) been seriously discussed in the climbing community?


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Make a doormat/rug out of it. Plenty of directions on how to do this on the net.


I have always cut mine into shorter sections so it cannot be used in a climbing situation. Another donation option may be local scout camp where they could be used in building pioneering projects.