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    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 22nd Jun 15, 11:35 AM
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    Who wants a Rampant Recycler badge?
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    • 22nd Jun 15, 11:35 AM
    Who wants a Rampant Recycler badge? 22nd Jun 15 at 11:35 AM
    7-13 September is #ZeroWasteWeek. We're working with several organisations to highlight how much you could save by re-using and recycling. See the full Zero Waste Week info.


    Are you a fab re-user and recycler?

    If you are tell us below how much you re-use and recycle, if poss along with images of what you've re-purposed and how.

    We're handing out brand new, shiny (but recycled) forum badges to anyone who can show they've really saved cash by re-using, re-purposing and making use of what they already have to turn it into something new.

    See all the other Forum badges you could get on your profile from MSE Badger

    Join in with lots more conversations in our Recycle Week Hub.
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    • WestonDave
    • By WestonDave 6th Jul 15, 9:10 PM
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    I think my best upcycling was after I bought my first house. I was rather short on ready cash and was brought up to only spend what I had. So whilst I had a TV and video from my student days I didn't have anything useful to put them on in the corner of the living room. That was until we had a new server delivered at work - this was about 16 years ago and it was a bit of a beast so it came on its own pallet. Installers did their stuff and left the pallet for us to dispose of. Looking closely at it I realised that it had a fairly nice looking plywood top. So I took it home, sanded it off, put some legs on it from wood I had lying around and voila one TV table. The best part was that the slot where the forklift prongs go in to lift it was exactly the right size for the video.

    The funny part was that we got rather used to it so it stayed there for about 6 years - long after we could have afforded a new TV table.

    I've also (with permission) rescued ride on toys for the kids from a neighbours skip and also rescued a load of Celotex offcuts from another neighbours building project to enable me to block up some now unwanted vent holes.

    Finally our family helped make a video which has been used online to promote recycling. It was good fun making it and perhaps more importantly because of the questions we had to answer "on camera" made us all think about why we recycle.
    Adventure before Dementia!
  • ClintonStewart
    Yeah recycling of anything can make your product reusable. As the population increases, natural resources decreases. So, it is beneficial for the human beings to save natural resources and reuse the products which are made from them. If anyone here who wants to know the nearest recycle centers from your location then recyclenation.com is the solution for you. Find here from the large database.
    • Babafette
    • By Babafette 14th Jul 15, 11:09 PM
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    I like to think of myself as a rampant recycler. We recycle all our cardboard, paper, plastic, glass, batteries and metal. I also send my used printer cartridges and Tassimo coffee pods off by post to be recycled. Usually we just have one small carrier bag of landfill waste every two weeks.

    Food waste is composted by our local council and we leave scraps out for the birds, foxes and badgers.

    We collect rainwater in two water butts and compost any grass clippings and garden waste. We take plastic plant pots back to the nurseries and garden centres to be reused or recycled and we pass on any wood from felled trees on our land to several of our neighbours who have wood burning stoves.

    I buy some clothing and second hand books from charity shops and often pass on spare bubble wrap, brown paper, tissue paper and carrier bags for them to reuse. Any usable household goods go to charity or get put on Freecycle.

    I also always carry a reusable or jute bag with me so I don't have to use plastic bags.

    Lastly I collect driftwood from the beach to give to my neighbour who makes carvings and sculptures and is kindly passing on his skills to me.
    Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician....
    • debtfreeoneday
    • By debtfreeoneday 2nd Sep 15, 2:27 PM
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    debtfreeoneday
    We do all the usual stuff in terms of recycling what we are able to / cutting down on packaging etc.

    However since moving into this house we have tried to reuse whatever we have taken out. Horrible fireplace was knocked down - bricks from that reused to make steps in the garden and a surround for one of the water butts. After cutting down a few dangerous trees, we made the trunks / branches into a playhouse for our little people and saved so much money on not buying one.

    We used a pallet that a delivery came on to make a shoe rack for our hall.

    We found two huge lengths of wood under a mountain of stuff in the conservatory and used them to make a mantlepiece for the new fireplace.

    We are really enjoying reusing and recycling things rather than chucking stuff away and it's nice to see things from the original house remaining with the house, just being used in a more up to date and useful way!
    DFW (08/08) £64,346.53
    CC1 - GONE! ~~~ CC2 - GONE! ~~~ CC3 - £1415.40
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    • heartbreak_star
    • By heartbreak_star 8th Sep 15, 2:18 PM
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    heartbreak_star
    I make little purses out of old crisp bags for friends' kids - it's remarkably easy!

    Old clothes get recycled into hobby kit or broken down for rags.

    Use carbolic soap for laundry - saves on packaging and keeps my washer un-musty.

    Generally attempting to make things instead of buying them - OH made me a beautiful seat in the garden from timber offcuts

    Will post more as I think of them!

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    • jimjames
    • By jimjames 13th Sep 15, 9:50 PM
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    I bring home coffee grounds from cafe at work to use on compost and to improve soil.

    We will make meals from leftovers so nothing edible goes to waste. None of our raw food waste gets landfilled, either goes to chickens, rabbits or on compost heap. Or I just eat it!

    Grass cuttings again either to chickens, rabbits or compost. Wood beams from a demolished garage has been stored and now used to construct loft boarding to raise the insulation level so we now have between 300mm and 400mm of insulation in the loft.

    Probably our biggest is reusing large containers used for shipping juices to store water in a harvesting system. We probably have over 2000 litres of storage across the different barrels which make a massive difference to watering the garden over the summer.
    Last edited by jimjames; 23-06-2017 at 6:23 PM.
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    • davemorton
    • By davemorton 13th Sep 15, 11:00 PM
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    I recycle beer bottles from my local pub to put my home brew in. Built part of my greenhouse in old bricks destined for the tip, and bought second hand glass from ebay, all to grow my own toms and grapes.
    • JuzaMum
    • By JuzaMum 18th Sep 15, 9:43 AM
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    JuzaMum
    I recycle, compost, harvest rainwater etc...

    Here are two recycling projects of mine

    I made a handbag out of old childrens clothes that were too worn out to be passed on. I cut the clothes into strips and knitted them together (I am a beginner knitter so not very sophisicated knitting), used a ripped duvet cover as lining and two zips from long gone clothing.



    I also made a cover for a tatty futon chair from a book of upholstery samples. The futon mattress orginal cover was not removable so could only be sponge cleaned.



    JuzaMum
    • roy.boy1
    • By roy.boy1 31st Aug 16, 5:08 AM
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    roy.boy1
    total re use of any thing is possible
    hi guys i worked in the waste industry
    and ive seen many things go to waste that could be re used
    so a total re use of any thing is possible
    ive seen old plastic toys and plastic patio chairs ground down in to pellets and re used to make VANDEL PROOF PARK AND BUS SHELTER SEATING it was brilliant
    so when im at home and my appliences don't work brake down ETC if i can i will fix it and if its beyond help
    i will strip it completely and recycle every thing from wire to nuts & bolts
    so i can re use on other things
    every thing has value so dont just throw away
    look at what it has to offer you in spares
    ive even sold my old washing machine for £40 none working as i know it has value to some one
    the circuit bords & motors on these things cost £100+
    so just becuse your pump packed in look at what you have left its got value £££
    and see if you can re sell it for parts if your no good at takeing items apart or then re use the money it makes to help replace it
    remember RECYCLE A 1000 PARTS AND DISGUARD ONLY 1 THATS BROKEN happy salvaging guy & gals
    • cloudwalker_3
    • By cloudwalker_3 28th Jan 17, 12:26 PM
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    cloudwalker_3
    Recycling Badge
    We recycle with an absolute passion in our house.

    We have two bags for general recycling (one in the kitchen and one in the living room) and a food recycling bin in the kitchen (although we prefer to cook up leftovers rather than chuck them away if we can).

    We're lucky enough to live in a London borough with a great recycling policy too so we can put everything into the bags except lightweight plastic film. Consequently we normally only have a full general waste bin once a month. Woohoo!

    Can I get a badge now please?
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    • I Love comps
    • By I Love comps 11th Jun 17, 8:59 AM
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    I Love comps
    In our household all paper is placed in the recycling bins.
    All tins and plastics that can be recycled go in the recycling bins.

    Any thing I do not want anymore is recycled by donating the items to charity.

    Plastic bags are reused either as bin bags or for shopping.

    I have a wooden kitchen roll holder, this originally was a mug holder but was never used for that purpose - I got hubby to saw of the arms so I could use it as a Kitchen roll holder.

    Worn out clothes/towels are used for lagging the tap outside in Winter, so it does not freeze.

    I would like to be considered for a badge please.
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    • MoneyMate
    • By MoneyMate 11th Jun 17, 11:46 AM
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    Check and double check all waist B4 leave for bin men or recycling centres.
    There are more questions than answers
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    • cloudwalker_3
    • By cloudwalker_3 12th Jun 17, 7:35 AM
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    cloudwalker_3
    We recycle with an absolute passion in our house.

    We have two bags for general recycling (one in the kitchen and one in the living room) and a food recycling bin in the kitchen (although we prefer to cook up leftovers rather than chuck them away if we can).

    We're lucky enough to live in a London borough with a great recycling policy too so we can put everything into the bags except lightweight plastic film. Consequently we normally only have a full general waste bin once a month. Woohoo!

    Can I get a badge now please?
    Originally posted by cloudwalker_3
    Still no badge.

    Personally, I'm thinking the whole thing is a bit of a con.

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    Michael

    When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint.
    When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.
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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 12th Jun 17, 9:19 AM
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    Check and double check all waist B4 leave for bin men or recycling centres.
    Originally posted by MoneyMate
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    • savvy
    • By savvy 20th Jun 17, 4:34 PM
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    Still no badge.

    Personally, I'm thinking the whole thing is a bit of a con.

    Originally posted by cloudwalker_3
    I've asked for a response to this thread for you guys
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    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 23rd Jun 17, 12:11 PM
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    Hey all!

    This thread was from 2015 so i'm totally chuffed it's still popular and you're sharing your recycling tips. Thank you!

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