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  • Unrecyclable?

    Someone's 1/2 joking query on how to recycle bubble bath on another thread made me think (It does happen when there is an appropriate phase of the moon)

    What do we consider unrecyclable? and does anyone else have ways of recyling something we feel we have no option but to put in the bin.


    To kick off....light bulbs...what use are they when they are dead?

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  • #2
    I can see this is going to be an interesting subject.
    I have a query too. I am never quite sure which bin to put egg shells in. We have a little kitchen bin for compostable food, are eggshells compostible? Otherwise I save them and use them for slug repellents but I would like to know.
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    • #3
      egg shells are compostable. crush them up before you add them.
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      • #4
        was me that always ends up with umpteen bottles of bathsalt/bubbles for Xmas ( oh er hope it's not a hint,lol)....some i recycle into new pressies for friends in gift baskets ,some go as school raffle prizes and some i use

        light bulbs we don't really have an issue with as all ours are energy bulbs,( some local authorities do accept the old type for recyling)and I can't remember the last time i had to replace one.

        I've seen some light bulbs turned into mini ships in a bottle,I used to make the masts as a part time job when i was 14/15,maybe i should have a go
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        • #5
          One of my favourite things ive seen dead light bulbs used for are christmas tree baubles but they can also be used as small vases

          and to make light shades



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            I love those vases!!
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            • #7
              Originally posted by beadsbydesign View Post
              egg shells are compostable. crush them up before you add them.

              Ground egg shells make a fabulous addition to soap.

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              • #8
                Many thanks to you all for the eggsplanations regarding egg shells. I am obviously wasting my time re slug repellent then. Shame as I don't feel comfortable with pellets. The lightbulb lampshade is a great idea, I would like to have tried that but we are all energy saving now.
                Last edited by Critchley; 01-11-2009, 01:15 PM.
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                • #9
                  OK, as everyone is being cocky and using long life bulbs...I have had three go on me in the last month, what do I do with them apart from bin them?

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                  • #10
                    In my opinion no one should attempt to produce things from energy efficient bulbs and they should be disposed of quite carefully, what appears alarming is how many people actually know what these bulbs contain most of them are fluorescent believe it or not and so contain phosphor powder and mercury for this reason they should be disposed of in the appropriate way. Check out the link!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by bodrighy View Post
                      OK, as everyone is being cocky and using long life bulbs...I have had three go on me in the last month, what do I do with them apart from bin them?

                      Pete
                      if you contact your local council they can advise you where your local drop off point is for recycling energy bulbs , sainsburys are also creating drop off points at some of their supermarkets for E bulbs and batteries, by law all makers of E bulbs must tell you how the bulbs can be recycled on the packaging....never ever open and E bulb to recycle them !!
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Critchley View Post
                        Many thanks to you all for the eggsplanations regarding egg shells. I am obviously wasting my time re slug repellent then. Shame as I don't feel comfortable with pellets.
                        I refuse to use pellets too. My old garden was overrun with slugs, and I lost a lot of plants to them... my new garden is overrun with frogs, so consequently very few slugs.

                        You can come round and rehouse a few frogs if you can catch them!!
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                        • #13
                          Interesting thread - check out Recycle This for fab answers to questions http://www.recyclethis.co.uk/ You can ask your own questions too if they don't have the answer!
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                          • #14
                            Light bulbs.
                            Now i would say you could also aldo put a picture of someone ( the clear ones) or an image , put glitter in ( urm glitter) and make Christmas tree decs
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                            • #15
                              yeah I thought christmas tree decs, fill them with shredded shiny paper or shredded pearlescent or rainbowy type stuff.
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