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Discussion in 'News from around the damp planet' started by Terra, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. Terra

    Terra Moderator

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    No its not ME but maybe it should have , heard it on the radio yesterday , looks like a good system for making ok more "STUFF" out of rubbish and the money generated going to charity , in a small way I guess its keeping some crap out of the ocean .

    https://www.terracycle.com/
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    (Big companies pay TerraCycle to find another use for their products other than as garbage or waste, with these companies then able to promote their products as recyclable, giving them a marketing boost over their competitors.

    TerraCycle’s Australian and New Zealand office has launched company-sponsored programs to recycle four non-recyclable products: Nespresso coffee capsules; Colgate toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes; Natures Organic cleaning packaging; and cigarette butts.)

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/bu...a-way-to-recycle/story-e6frg8zx-1226843106750
     
  2. mouseinthehouse

    mouseinthehouse Junior Member

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    Sounds like a good thing. I hate those bloody coffee pod things with a passion! The perfect example of all that is wrong with our consumerist lifestyle.
     
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    oh yeah - couldn't agree more.

    Terra are you going to sue them for using your name?

    The only problem with this is it gives people an excuse to keep using the crap in the first place. I almost fell off my chair when I was at a friends place (non-permie) recently and they said they got a second recycling bin as they fill theirs to overflowing every fortnight and they are now filling 2 each fortnight! This is a mum and dad and 2 teenagers. How do you generate that much output from one household!?!? If you had to bury the stuff in your own backyard you'd think twice about all that plastic stuff.
     
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    Heh, I was kind of expecting a 2-wheeled Terracycle ...
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    I make enough garbage to go out every two-three weeks. I have my mother, daughter and her girlfriend staying here a while. The garbage goes out every 3 days...
     
  6. pebble

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    "The only problem with this is it gives people an excuse to keep using the crap in the first place."

    Worse, the model appears to be based on companies that produce waste sponsoring the increasing consumption of their product by paying a small fee on each piece of packaging. On one level this looks good in terms of keeping crap out of the landfill, but on others it's highly problematic. Plastic recycling is not a clean process. The products that are made from the recycled plastic eventually end up in the non-usable waste stream. So in effect we are delaying the dumping of plastic in the land and ocean at the same time as encouraging increased production.

    There are also issues of Climate Change and the road miles in shipping small amounts of rubbish all over the place.

    Here's how it works (unfortunately their first and only example if for lolly packaging)

    https://www.terracycle.co.nz/en-NZ/brigades/confectionery-wrapper-brigade.html

    I'll remain open to this being a useful transition initiative, but very soon we have to stop consuming things that have short life spans and lots of packaging, and stop increasing carbon emissions.
     
  7. helenlee

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    One of my pet hates is the fantasy that recycling is always an environmentally friendly thing to do. Some of the products that have the recycle symbol on them make me want to roll around laughing - or crying!

    How can people fail to comprehend that it requires more resources & more fossil fuel to recycle these items?

    I saw those individual coffee thingies for the first time a few months ago. I was gobsmacked. What are people thinking? I sometimes wonder if this is why I don't like leaving my property? Maybe I'm not so much agoraphobiac as I am deeply confronted, alarmed, offended & concerned by what the human race has devolved to every time I go to town?

    Terra - the links you posted gave me a clue regarding a phenomenon on pinterest I'd been wondering about. There's a recent boom in blog spots showing you how to make all sorts of groovy things from recycled everyday disposable items. Some of them are clearly just ordinary people sharing ideas about ways to make a measuring scoop or a watering device out of plastic milk bottles for instance. But some of them feature vey attractive & sophisticated products that are so attractive you would buy them as an item in their own right. Now I have an aptitude for crafts, & I've followed some of the tutorials - & gotten nothing like the result shown. The items they're showing are not achievable without specific tools, very good preparation, high skill level & a lot of time. After reading your link I'm wondering if people are being paid to make these super cute gizmos to help us all ignore the fact that the (usually food packaging) products they're recycled from should never have existed in the first place?


    The recycle message has always been:

    REFUSE
    REUSE
    RECYCLE

    in that order.


    The message we need to get across is that the first line of defence is REFUSE.
    Stop using all this crap people!
     
  8. Terra

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    I agree as I said its just making STUFF , I guess it depends on how its set up , some of the pinterest might be like I saw on tv the other night I didn't catch it all but very poor villagers were collecting "Thongs" or "Flipflops" for you offshore people that wash up on the beach , tons of them ????. And make them into pretty neat Stuff so it might not be all bad but the cynic in me is wondering .

    I guess more important is the process of people taking the trouble , saving , storing and posting to the recycle depot at their own cost , it will teach the little tackers in the house something important .
     
  9. Terra

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    The bike looks great for the sand might be a bit interesting for you people on ice . :rofl:

    A friend gave me a box full of old old motorcycle magazines there is some ripper units in there from 1895 steam driven bikes through to more modern types , some look like death traps , I must scan a few of the more interesting ones for later on just in case .
     
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    No - I'm not referring to that. Those people are simply converting an abundant resource (1st world garbage) that is at hand, into a scarce resource (money) which they can then exchange for other things they need (which sadly will most likely be first world type crap). The ones I've seen aren't using polluting technology to do it - just simple villagers using ancient techniques (weaving/sewing etc) to convert waste into gold. Literally.

    Doubtless there's a catch somewhere. Just the fact that all that recycled crap has to be transported using more fossil fuel back to the first world country that threw the crap "away" in the first place so the villagers can get money to buy more first world crap & the westerners can feel good about doing their bit for recycling & helping poor third world villages is enough to make me want to go milk my cow & dig my garden & stay home. A lot.
     
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    Yes.
    This.
     
  12. helenlee

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    I reckon it looks like an awesome Mad Max or Burning Man vehicle : )
    Rob Windt would have loved your magazines : )
     

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