Recycling things

Philippines
December 23, 2006 8:40am CST
Do you practice recycling? If you do, what are the things that you recycle? I've been doing it since childhood, I guess because it has always been practiced at home and also because we were poor and I came from a big family. We were 13 children and clothes and shoes were passed on from one to the other. I remember an aunt who even saved pieces of thread as long as they are still usable, and folded up old newspapers neatly in one corner for various uses like removing excess oil from the frying pan, adding to the firewood, etc. I know of some people who are so wasteful with everything and they find me weird for putting aside plastic bags, boxes, wrappers, etc. for future use.
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@angadp (203)
• India
25 Dec 06
In INDIA, we have the practice of not wasting any thing. We consider food as the God. Also the old clothes that are stacked are exchanged by new kitchen utensils(thats a good deal). In this way there is a better utilization of clothes.
@achyuta (2854)
• United States
25 Dec 06
I agree with angadp's views. Food is indeed energy of god that is the only reason why it can energise us. A very efficient barter system still exists as he described and it eliminated the wastage and also provides for some useful items.
@drumm1n (500)
• India
23 Dec 06
hey! i believe in re cycling! ive been making these notepads outta recycled paper! its an easy process! all you gotta do is take some water soak bits of used paper/newspaper! in it. arrange the newspaper on a mesh and let it dry! once dry use an iron to heat it! thus making your veryown paper!:D you could also find other things to recycle!
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@kokopelli (4842)
• United States
23 Dec 06
wow, all i do with the used papers (usually the computer printed drafts) is to use the other side for scraps. thanks for sharing that info, that's cool!
• Philippines
24 Dec 06
That's nice. I've told someone about using wet newspaper, then a dry one, to clean mirrors. See/note other suggestions from the rest. Everyone has good ideas.
@jmcafam (2891)
• United States
23 Dec 06
I recycle a lot.I think if it is still in good condition than it can be passed down.I belong to a group that pretty much recycles the things they no longer need or want such as clothes, toys furniture.We don't want to see these things end up in landfills if they are still usable.
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• Philippines
24 Dec 06
It's really nice to know the growing number of people who practice recycling. Let's pass it on not only to our family but also to the rest of our communities. Oh yes it seems unforgivable to just put usable things in the garbage.
• Pakistan
24 Dec 06
my way of recycling is by collecting seeminlgy useless stuff, which ppl just trash away. i use that stuff in my craft designing and creative stuff that i come up with. you should see what wonders trash can do at times. for instance once i made a lamp shade out of caps of fizzy drink bottles like 'pepsi', 'coke', 'mirinda', 'fanta' or any brand whatsoever! however, i also end up collecting waste this way at times. recently i opened up my drawer to find a huge collection of dried n used up highlighters, had been hoping to get some idea on how to make an effective use of them. couldn't use them in making table mats, coz the chemicals in them, cud be highly toxic if orally consumed by mistake. so finally today i ended up throwing them away!!
• India
24 Dec 06
its indeed very common to me.i got this habit from my father to carefully preserve useful things for reuse in future.such as plastic bags are the common.they act as a good carrier.boxes too do the same.i dont mind people thinking me a bit crazy.coz they are very useful and you may find them looking for the same things and then when you provide them with such things like a plastic bag or a box etc ..then they come to realize how important are these things.i recycle things over and over again right from box,pins,wrappers,polythene bags to carbon papers or even a bit of string which i think might b of use in future and i really don't care what others think.so keep recycling.it saves unnecesarry expenditure and proper utilization and wastage.
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• Philippines
25 Dec 06
You're so right. It feels good that you don't have to keep buying things that you already have in hand. My problem sometimes is, if I need something that I know I did not throw away, I can't find it. Then I find it when I don't need it anymore. Part of growing old, maybe.
@flor1n (235)
• Romania
24 Dec 06
i don't practice recycle:D
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• Philippines
24 Dec 06
Why not? It's not too late to start. See suggestions and comments from others who have participated in this discussion.
24 Dec 06
I have to say, I am lazy when it comes to recycling. However, I read that in London, England the same water is used over & over again by up to 7 people. Now if that,s true, 6 people actually drank the glass of water before you. Therefore I stick to bottled water. I do recycle money though. I work, I get money, I then buy things, so give the money to someone else, So that must be recycling?
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• Philippines
7 Jan 07
Never too late to start! Read others' comments/tips and do your bit.
• India
24 Dec 06
i like your thinking well is it your own photo?? keep posting your best posts
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• Philippines
7 Jan 07
Yes it's my photo. Thank you for your comment. I hope you will learn/get ideas from the other members' comments and join us in recycling.
@smehta (13)
• United States
24 Dec 06
Its always good to use a thing as much as possible before throwing it away. I have recycled from my early childhood and following is the list of things I recycle: 1. paper towel rolls - They come in handy for art work thats rolled up so that it does not get crumpled up in backpacks. 2. TV dinner trays - They are great for holding scraps of paper and paint and glue as use and throw. 3. Paper Plates - Clean paper plates can be turned into wreathes 4. Tin cans - they make great pencil holders This are just some of the things I use to recycle.
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• Philippines
24 Dec 06
Hey thanks. I learned new things from you and so do the others too I'm sure. Sometimes I use paper towel rolls for tidying up pieces of strings or wires, or for storing small plastic bags in. I'm so glad I raised this discussion because I have learned so many tips and suggestions from everyone. Merry Christmas!
@clark16 (376)
• Philippines
24 Dec 06
I recycle my used notebooks to a new one. I get pieces of paper which haven't use yet and tie them altogether to become a new blank notebook. Another, is I have already made a cabinet like first aid kit tray on our C.R. out of cellphone battery boxes.
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• Philippines
24 Dec 06
That's very good. People can learn from your ideas. Keep up the good work!
• United States
24 Dec 06
On the farm it has always been use it up, wear it out...and if it still has good parts, find a use for them. I recycle metals of all types, glass, plastics, even styrofoam has uses, yes those food containers can be used as insulation in out buildings. Clothing was always passed on to those who could use it. Worn clothes where turned into quilt covers. Old blankets made the centers of those quilts. Even the old cooking oil had a use, as it was excellent for aiding in getting winter fires going quickly. Plastic grocery bags make good waste basket liners. Yep we pretty much recycle. It it gets thrown out there isn't anything left of it.
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• Philippines
24 Dec 06
Thanks for the excellent tips. I'm sure everybody can learn from you. You are a very special nobody. Keep up the good work!
@cdirock (290)
• United States
24 Dec 06
In most neighborhoods, there is a day for recycling. In ours, every other TUesday, we leave out newspapers, plastic bottles and cans for pick up. You never know the stuff you mentioned above can come in handy for something else. If you have the room, why not keep it.
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• Philippines
24 Dec 06
Correct. You really never know when some things come in handy so I also keep small stuff somewhere easy to find for as long as I have room for them.
@makem0ney (294)
24 Dec 06
the only things we recycle in our house is galss bottles and newapapers. we also give clothes and shoes etc to charitys such as oxfam so that they can seel them and make money for the charity. also we reuse the plastic bags that we get from our shopping...
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• Philippines
24 Dec 06
That's very good. I also keep and reuse plastic bags. They always come in handy and re-usable many times. Thanks for your contribution.
@darule (81)
• India
24 Dec 06
Nope i dont.. its time taking and tireing.. i prefer giving my things to poor kids and people who have lesser things than me
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• Philippines
24 Dec 06
Hey, that's recycling too! At least you don't throw away useful things. Thanks for your comment.
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
23 Dec 06
Here in Melbourne we have special wheely bins for recycle stuff so I put all glass,plastic,paper and tin it there and I recycle as much water as I can in buckets to water the garden.
• Philippines
24 Dec 06
Good practice of recycling water, especially in hot countries. We do that too in the Philippines. Thanks for your useful comment.
@natuser28 (907)
• United States
23 Dec 06
Yes. recycle cans and get paid for it. Good investment to get rid of your stuff.
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• Philippines
24 Dec 06
Right. But usually I just give them away to the poor children in our community who roam around collecting recyclable items. They sell these things to junk shops. Sometimes I leave it for my maid to collect the money and she keeps it for herself.
@vipul20044 (5799)
• India
23 Dec 06
well Answering from India. Plastics, paper, glass for sure are used for recycling. These days, in my city Bangalore, even the low-grade plastic is being put to good use by mixing in the asphalt for road-laying. It's been proven lately that the resultant road surface lasts longer. In fact they scavenge plastics from domestic wastes for this purpose
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• Philippines
24 Dec 06
That's something new! This practice should be noted by government and people doing the road works. Thanks for contributing to our knowledge.
@GardenGerty (96817)
• Marion, Kansas
23 Dec 06
Plastic jugs and newspapers go to our transfer station in town. I pick up pop cans on my walk. I serve leftovers, which is food recycling, and buy most of my clothes at thrift shops, clothes recycling, and it usually helps the poor and handicapped that rely on the thrift store, I like to use glass jars for storage, or make pretty things out of them. I hope to make a "tin man" for fun, out of tin cans. I cannot mention everything I save, and yes, people think I am weird.
• Philippines
24 Dec 06
Thanks for the useful tips. I recycle food too, of course making sure these are not rotten yet. Like leftover fish, I make into a sweet-sour dish, and small bits and pieces of pork, chicken, etc, I put together in fried rice. I love shopping in thrift shops. We need more 'weird' people in this world.
@DavidReedy (2411)
• United States
23 Dec 06
I live in a city with a pretty decent recycling program. We recycle paper, cardboard, glass, cans, etc. It is vital that we, as a society, begin to truly take recycling seriously. We do not have infinite resources. We do, however, live in a disposable society, with even our appliances designed so as to break down within a short period of time so that we have to buy another.
• Philippines
24 Dec 06
Good comment, Red. You are so right. I have just put out 2 old tv sets gathering dust at my backyard. We need to pass on to the younger generation this important practice of recycling in this dying world.
@amithzepp (153)
• India
23 Dec 06
hey this is a nice topic
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• Philippines
24 Dec 06
Yes it is and we all should practice it, learning from each other different useful tips and suggestions. We all can work together to save Mother Earth from all the trash created by man.
@kokopelli (4842)
• United States
23 Dec 06
stingy me believes in recycling, lol! i set aside things that can be reused like boxes, plastic bags for trash, etc. old clothes, shoes and other things that we have replaced like cooking utensils, we donate to salvation army. it's just sad that there's no recycling plant for papers here in our area where we can donate the heaps of papers and newspapers we got. i feel bad just throwing them away coz back in the Philippines, old newspapers are even bought per volume, as well as cans, boxes, and bottles.
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• Philippines
24 Dec 06
I know, coz I'm Filipino too and quite stingy like you. Little scraps of food end up in fried rice, di ba? Thanks for your comments.