Re-cycling Adventures-preparing for the move

We’ve had some interesting experiences while trying to de-clutter before the move. Which plastics can be re-cycled and where? It’s a puzzle. A trip to our local recycling centre revealed that I can recycle old videos (yes, remember them?) The commercially made ones have gone to charity, but we don’t record stuff on the blanks any more and had a stack. In fact, the machine itself was deposited in the electrical department of the re-cycling centre. The cardboard cases of the videos went into one skip, the videos into another, special one. Great stuff and well done Charnwood Council. But re-used but broken plastic flower pots had to go into the landfill skip. What a shame! Gardeners I’m sure would love to be able to recycle such items which are practically unavoidable. Once they’ve split I can’t see another way of using them.

Nest box in the new garden of our new nest

Of course, with two avid readers and writers in the house and too much space, we’ve amassed lots of paper. Luckily most of it can go in recycling, taken away by the Council. But they are still using the mixed collections, which I’ve just found out is not the best way of recycling, as the sorting process is automated and bales that become contaminated by the wrong materials can’t be used. That of course is wasteful and all that waste ends up in landfill anyway. This needs to change. We will, no doubt have a different system to deal with when we move as each Council does its own thing. Note to self – investigate this ready for the move. Some paper stuff, due to my partner’s work, is sensitive material, so we shred that and compost it in the garden. Job done!

The new garden

Old pillows and really old bedding that’s past being re-used is still in the van. I thought there were places that they can be shredded and made into insulation and other such items, but can’t as yet find anywhere. I’d hate to send it to landfill,  so will keep on looking.

Old ornaments, clothes and shoes have gone to charity, but what a slog! There never seems to be anywhere near shops to park up and ‘deliver’ boxes of stuff, so lugging it around town has taken longer and was heavier than we thought. The car radio, replaced in my camper when we fitted a CD player, had to be hocked around three charity shops to find one that had the capacity to check it electrically. Books have either gone to charity or, if they turned out to be really valuable, have been put on Amazon. So occasionally a post office queue has to be fitted in to our burgeoning schedule. Either way they get recycled and won’t go to waste. Whew, it’s tiring but satisfying to re-cycle as much as possible, and know a little money is being made for charity along the way.

5 responses to “Re-cycling Adventures-preparing for the move

  1. I agree, its not made easy to recycle. Councils often aren’t sure themselves what can be re-used. Recently Richard and I went to grand designs live in Birmingham for ideas for our straw bale build in Ireland and found this firm that makes roof tiles out of re-cycled plastic bottles. I also know that many bottle can be shredded and woven into fabric for warm fleece jackets. I wonder if the plant pots could be re-cycled the same way? Either that or maybe its time to make them out of clay again. The old ways didn’t require landfill.
    Good luck with the journey,

  2. I once saw a bench and tables for outdoors, made out of shredded plastics. Looked like stone. Great stuff.

    Here in Vienna we have recycling centers where they take everything. Starting from branches to old fragrances. everything gets recycled.

    Sometimes it is kind of hard to find people who are willing to take things like furniture (even if valuable and in best condition).

    I really enjoyed this post very much!

    • Thanks Usinglight! You might like the link in my latest post as you mentioned a table and chairs. It sounds as though you have a great recycling system. Ours sadly lag behind, but we do what we can and hope to improve in the future.

  3. recycling is very difficult for us too because we live quite remotely and the binwagon doesn’t come down our lane! you could always use wet newspapers covered with grass cuttings as mulch in your garden, the plants seem to thrive with it.

  4. Oh, that does sound like a problem! We do have to take trips to a local recycling centre as not everything can go into the collected bin, and it’s a faff, but well worth it to NOT be adding to landfill any more than necessary. I will be using cardboard, paper and anything else I can recycle to get the soil into good heart before I try and grow veggies!

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