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Recycle Answered

Recycle, how do YOU help the environment by recycling, do you just toss plastic and paper products into correct bins whit the recycling sine in it or do you reuse old stuff, remake to keep up whit the time, take action yourself. What do you do? For example, I recycle old news paper... Its a whole proses, first you cut the news papers into smaller peaces, then you let it set in a special, secret concoction, then you blend them, then a secret method of removing the ink from the paper, and finally evenly distribute the sludge into a mold and let it set, dry. One day I might make an Instructables on how to recycle old newspapers. So what are your actions on helping the Earth recover?

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11010010110
11010010110

11 years ago

i give priority to stuff depending on its usefullness for hacking and diy or immediate use i like to explore trash at construction sites and computer repair centers - great resource for all neded for diy constrtuction and computer hardware i somtimes pick stuff from local trash - like glass panel from picture frame or cardboard boxes or electronics. its amazing what can be found there. like full working pentium 4s - one with blown fuse in the power supply and another with software problems only i dont keep bottles and the like. usually i have nothing to do with them. i just throw them in the bangomat (recycle container) outside of recycling - i am vegan (which saves lots of resources and avoids pollution - besides the animal stuff) and i try to save energy / resources in general

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comodore
comodore

Reply 11 years ago

Its great when you find devices, untouched, I love to take them apart and salvage electronic parts from them, like capacitors, resistors, transistors, chips and everything else I can find that still work properly! Unfortunately in my country there aren't junk yards like in America or so that only have some old electronic or engendering equipment. It is a real shock what people can trow out just because it is old or in your situation whit the computers, because of lack of knowledge.

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nutsandbolts_64
nutsandbolts_64

Reply 10 years ago

hey, check out what velacreations did at https://www.instructables.com/member/velacreations

because of him I finally found out what to do wid those bottles lying around in our house

we've got tons of it in a pile at the back of our house ( we keep the plastic containers )

We also use it for storing water in our store in a busy road to supply our employees wid water, don't worry they dont mind

and we also use those med sized 5 liter water containers all over again in the
second floor of our house.

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comodore
comodore

Reply 10 years ago

That is not a bad thing to use the bottles for....

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Goodhart
Goodhart

11 years ago

newsprint is locally recycled, along with glass bottles, and certain plastics (a few are marked with a number that they do not take, normally foam style containers like from restaurants, etc).

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comodore
comodore

Reply 11 years ago

In my country there aren't many recycling bins, just for the newspapers, but people have started to trough in everything in them, so the government abandoned the project.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

in the cities here, we get smaller plastic (o_O) bins to place recyclables in temporarily, until pick up once a week.

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FaqMan
FaqMan

Reply 11 years ago

Prety much the same here but we finally got big square bins to use.

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comodore
comodore

Reply 11 years ago

Still, not much is done to help people recycle... :P

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11010010110
11010010110

Reply 11 years ago

true here in israel we have widely available recycling for PET and HDPE plastics and for paper most glass bottles and metal drink cans are returnable (with small refund). few plastic bottles too but most not some metal factories accept scrap but you need to know manually the people (they are not widely known to the folks) also batteries are collected but i think they are just getting concentrated in a special landfill and not getting recycled fluorescent lamps and gas from old refrigerators are not collected and not recycled what hurts the most is the absolute ignorance from the average folks. they just keep buying a lot and trashing a lot and wasting as much as possible. and yet they think hey are so uber green cause they changed the lightbulb in the garden to 3X higher wattage cfl that illuminates up to the other side of the road most bottles / paper / batteries still end in the trash. in the paper recycle bin more than half is A4 pages printed on less than 1 full side (without even a bent corner. you can successfully feed them to the laser printer). in the battery bins you can find lots of rechargeables after single use and sometimes new alkalines (how ????) i never bought a page of paper or a battery in like 5 years

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MatanSilver
MatanSilver

Reply 10 years ago

Oh yah! Israel! I wasn't born there, but one of my parents was :)

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comodore
comodore

Reply 11 years ago

About the batteries, on each one, there is a drawing of a trash can and it is crossed, meaning not to trough them in the regular trash bin, but in my country, there is no option. We don't have any other kind of trash cans for batteries, none, so people trough the battery in regular trash. Also cardboard boxes, I live in a flat, and near me is a big supermarket, when I go to school, I pass their storage facility, and see tons and tons of cardboard boxes at the closest trash can to them.... And what happens is that one half ends up in regular trash and gets burned, NOT recycled and the other half gets recycled, but in a strange way... What do I mean by strange..well, there are no people that are payed to collect them and take them to recycling plants, homeless people, mostly gypsies, collect them and take them to recycling plants to earn some money... Whit out them all the cardboard would end up burned.... All these things just make me sick, I try to help the environment...I will be honest, I am not trying my best, but I am trying...And being an inventor, that's the status I would like to have...I feel an obligation to do something.....

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11010010110
11010010110

Reply 11 years ago

thats more or less what happened here up to about 8 years back today most corporate and business places recycle their paper and boxes (instead of reusing or reducing though !). at home the folks still trash everything - they are simply lasy to go 20 meters more to put the bottles in the bangomat whats sad is that some guys steal metal stuff to send it to recycling. about 4 - 5 years back there were waves of traffic signs and electrical poles and cables disappearing overnight all across the country. today workers of the factories inspect what they get and dont accept stuff that looks suspicious

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comodore
comodore

Reply 11 years ago

Yea, about the stealing part...People used to steal optical internet cables and we wont have internet for like a week until they fix that...and people started stealing metal caps that were covering the holes that lead to pipes...this happened about an year ago....

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FaqMan
FaqMan

Reply 11 years ago

That is true people are to lazy to do stuff.

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comodore
comodore

Reply 11 years ago

That's another thing that is unfortunately true...

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FaqMan
FaqMan

Reply 11 years ago

Ya atleast we know we are not lazy.

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comodore
comodore

Reply 11 years ago

*cough* :D

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FaqMan
FaqMan

Reply 11 years ago

That is one suspicious cough there.

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comodore
comodore

Reply 11 years ago

What? Just your average cough. *cough* *cough*

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FaqMan
FaqMan

Reply 11 years ago

A average cough is just plain yours is just suspicious thats all.

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comodore
comodore

Reply 11 years ago

hmm, in what way suspicious? *cough* *cough* *cough* *cough* *cough* *cough* *cough**cough* *cough*

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FaqMan
FaqMan

Reply 11 years ago

Your actting really suspicious for all that coughing espeically with the double oneI'm watching you

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comodore
comodore

Reply 11 years ago

Are you? Or is it in reverse, am I watching you?

*cough* ****COUGH********* Uhhh, that was a big one!

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FaqMan
FaqMan

Reply 11 years ago

Reverse on you i'm watching you which means your watching me and that means someone is watching both of us.

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comodore
comodore

Reply 11 years ago

Is it, or are we watching him?

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FaqMan
FaqMan

Reply 11 years ago

Hmm are we?

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comodore
comodore

Reply 11 years ago

Maybe.

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11010010110
11010010110

Reply 11 years ago

i am abit unsure. they dont seem lazy at all when they are inside the shopmart

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FaqMan
FaqMan

Reply 11 years ago

Ya that is true I guess shopping is a exception then.

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comodore
comodore

Reply 11 years ago

In my city, I think there are like only 2 or 3 cans for recycling plastic, and the city where I live is big, well for my countries standards big... a population of over 500 000....

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PlayPatterns
PlayPatterns

10 years ago

What I want is a way to ensure that my recyclables are not going into landfills....After all that effort if its not profitable to recycle it, your waste management company will put it with regular garbage.

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adam2013
adam2013

11 years ago

if you have old cellphones that you dont use check out my instructable that i will post withen a day or two and turn them into points where you can get new stuff free.

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comodore
comodore

Reply 11 years ago

Cool, please send me a PM when you publish you Instructables... Thanks!

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jessyratfink
jessyratfink

11 years ago

I simply don't buy what I don't need. I don't subscribe to the newspaper because it's a waste. I don't subscribe to magazines in print form. I don't drink out of plastic bottles. I don't drink out of aluminum cans. I try to buy products with as little packaging as possible. I try to reuse glass bottles around the house, as well as cardboard, which makes great backing for patterns and such. :P We don't have bins where we live and the recycling procedures are enough to drive me insane, anyway.

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11010010110
11010010110

Reply 11 years ago

recycling reduces waste - not eliminates it. it pollutes as well (energy + sometimes the process itself) totally agree with dont need dont buy

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comodore
comodore

Reply 11 years ago

My method is better and removes the ink, so the paper is white as snow... :P

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comodore
comodore

Reply 11 years ago

A mold that I made from wood, and covered it whit aluminium... It is exactly 6X A4 paper, so i cut in in six pieces to get 6 A4 papers... But you need to know the proses of removing the ink from the paper or it will be very gray....

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 11 years ago

Ah, you make new paper. Don't they normally use screens for that?

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comodore
comodore

Reply 11 years ago

screens? No, I use something else. Let me give you a hint, It is a machine, not a chemical, and It aint really machine, more like a pot that contains the mass and gets altered...Don't know how to tell you this whit out telling you exactly....Well, I hope I will have time to make an Instructables soon... :)

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 11 years ago

I meant that they usually use screens to make paper, not molds.

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comodore
comodore

Reply 11 years ago

Yea, or more likely presses, like two rollers, but in my recycling paper plant I use molds because I don't have $$ for big rollers and presses!

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bumpus
bumpus

Reply 11 years ago

That second picture looks a bit what I used to imagine Wburg looked like.
=]

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comodore
comodore

Reply 11 years ago

Wburg?

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 11 years ago

It's a short way of saying my name

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comodore
comodore

Reply 11 years ago

oooo, haha! ok

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 11 years ago

Lmao...he's got enough bottles for four rafts!

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

11 years ago

We recycle a lot more than we used to. It really helps that we have a bin in our kitchen for recycling instead of having to go outside to the big recycling bin we have. Most stuff that was recyclable would just get thrown away but now everything that can be recycled is :D Some of the stuff we would recycle I use for projects though.