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auroravioletta
« on: January 02, 2008 07:36:24 PM »

Okay, so I moved to a new city in September, and the recycling here is atrocious! The city seems to provide practically zilch, and my apartment building only provides recycling services for newsprint, glass, and cans.

I can't stand to put things in the trash that I know don't belong there, but by now I am swamped with the things that any reasonable city should be helping me recycle.

The big three I'm being swallowed by are:

Paper
-Office paper
-Junk mail
-Catalogues
-Old receipts

Plastic
-Take-out containers (washed)
-Water Bottles
-Juice bottles
-Vitamin bottles
-Grocery and bread bags
-Other plastic food packaging in miscellaneous shapes and sizes

Cardboard
-Clean food boxes of all sizes (like cereal and tea boxes)
-Printed corrugated boxes (The glossy ones that useful things from the store come in)
-Plain corrugated boxes (Like you get packages in through the mail)
-Tubes from toilet paper and paper towels

And so on. And so forth.

I've tried using the search function, but there's so much to wade through to find posts that are actually asking about similar things, especially when I have so many things!

The best kind of projects would be practical ones (no toys and knick-knacks-- the last thing I need is more clutter!) and ones that I can make look polished and pretty, so I don't feel like I'm living with trash (it's a stupid psychological thing).

Ideas I have garnered so far:
-Recycled paper (Not sure where to start here)
-Paper mache (I don't know how to make this look pretty, though.)
-Cardboard templates/stencils/etc
-Postcards
-Gift Tags
-Picture frames
-Gift bags
-Folders
-Books
-Decorated boxes to hold stuff (I don't actually need any of these, though.)
-Toys for my bunny to chew on

What else??
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bvolden
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2008 10:17:46 PM »

well if u need to get rid of the stuff....try a daycare center.  I use to use all sorts of things for crafts and they can always use paper and the mags the can use for projects in schools.  Hope this helped.
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Sarakat
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2008 06:37:05 AM »

I agree with the daycare idea. Also try elementary schools, after-school programs, scout troops, or summer camps.
You could also use your catalogues to make magazine bowls or trivets... http://alittlehut.blogspot.com/2007/09/recycle-project-no-7-magazine-bowl.html#links If you paint or spraypaint them afterwards you could probably conceal their trashy origins.
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auroravioletta
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2008 08:35:05 AM »

Oh wow! That magazine bowl project is fantastic!

I'll have to look into finding daycares in my neighborhood. You really think they'd find his stuff useful?
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sea_of_pain
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2008 02:33:08 PM »

this won't put much of a dent in the pile, but you can roll up old catalogs and put them in tall boots to help them keep their shape.
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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2008 05:19:30 AM »

have you petiioned your local council yet? You could even start the recycling initiative!
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« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2008 05:38:44 AM »

Do you have a garden? When the store I worked for closed,I brought home tons of paper bags and put a thick layer on the ground to smother out weeds.I've used newspapers and cardboard for that also.You can buy a bag of shredded mulch to spread on top to hide them.
I could see using the lids for making magnets witth resin-would a school art department or scout troop be interested?Someone here on craftster uses plastic bottles to make beads for jewelry.If I remember right,she cut them into a long skinny triangle,just like for paper beads,colored them with markers or paint,rolled them up,held it with pliers,and briefly took a heat gun to it to seal it.
Vase-glue/tie a few skinny bottles together,put inside a big vase,decorated jar,whatever to hide it.All those small opening should act like a flower frog to hold your bouquet.
Plastic bags can be made into yarn "Plarn" for crocheting,and can be ironed to make fabric.Look on the eco craftalong,and it's also one of the top 2007 craftster projects.On the shrinky dink board-they say clear #6 plastic,like take out lids,can be used as shrink plastic.
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« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2008 07:40:45 AM »

If you do any planting, you can use carry-out containers, plastic bottles, cardboard milk cartons, etc. as containers for seed-starting.  Just cut the tops off, poke some holes in the bottoms, and you've got loads of free pots.  Lids can be used underneath to catch water as it drains.
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« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2008 11:23:15 PM »

there's a great paper-making tutorial here on craftster...
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=182021.0
you can cut down some of the containers to help organize stuff, like office supplies, craft supplies, makeup/hair things....
i use cereal boxes for textbook covers...
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« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2008 09:09:54 PM »

Do you crochet? I have several patterns for making purses, totes, cosmetic bags, coasters etc. out of plastic bags and bread bags. Here is the link to my free patterns page. http://www.myrecycledbags.com/my-pattern-links/

PM me if I can help further. Good luck.
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