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Recycle the Recycling

By Michelle Martin
Published March 14, 2012

Why just recycle...

Green waste

Recyclables in a clear bag

...when you could recycle the recycling?

Litter in the woods

In other words, why clean up when you could play pirates?

Michelle Martin lives in Hamilton where she and her husband are watching their 10 children fly the nest, one by one. She has been published in both the Hamilton Spectator and Raise the Hammer, as well as in the online edition of the National Post and, more recently, in the Canadian Urban Transit Association's Urban Mobility Forum. Michelle is coordinator of the Community Access to Transportation program. She was formerly on the writing/copy editing team of the original Crown Point hub paper, The Point. However, the opinions she expresses in Raise the Hammer are her own. She sometimes tweets @deltawestmom

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By TreyS (registered) | Posted March 15, 2012 at 18:57:40

I'm confused.

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By WRCU2 (registered) - website | Posted March 16, 2012 at 08:22:35 in reply to Comment 75238

If you have children, a creative mind and a sense of adventure the imagination you find here would be crystal clear, swashbuckler.

Comment edited by WRCU2 on 2012-03-16 08:33:45

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By NoSugarAdded (registered) | Posted March 16, 2012 at 09:44:06

???? I have children and I am still confused?

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By WRCU2 (registered) - website | Posted March 17, 2012 at 10:54:36 in reply to Comment 75247

???? I have children and I am still confused?

What you lack is a creative mind and a sense of adventure but I wouldn't hold that against ya.

So in the spirit of Michelle's photo essay and Undustrial's instructables, I will portray my own how-to as I play recycle the recyclables.

JPG Image Fibre Drink Holders, Plastic Nickel Bags, Organic Peat Pots and Paper T-Cups

These are the raw materials I use every year to start my seed indoors because after all, I'm a gardeneer! I place the plastic over the carrier to protect from moisture and I put the peat pot in the cup to help keep IT moister. Then I fold the bag over and create a little tent and this acts like a greenhouse, at least that's my intent.

Another JPG Image The fully assembled unit less soil and seed

I keep my peat pots all cozy and warm in their huts until the seed germinates and tiny plants begin to pop-up. Then I roll back the bag (not the rim like at Tim's) so the prize of sunshine may spill all the way in.

Still Another JPG Image

I hope the content of my comment will be useful to other people. I only intend to be playful much like the author Michelle.

Cheers

Comment edited by WRCU2 on 2012-03-17 11:38:22

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By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted March 16, 2012 at 14:13:34

www.instructables.com

It really isn't that hard. There isn't a piece of garbage you can name that isn't useful in some way (though some more than others).

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By Michelle Martin (registered) - website | Posted March 16, 2012 at 15:09:16 in reply to Comment 75252

The young fellow who built the pirate lean-to also has the responsibility of keeping our recycling sorted. Guess he took advantage of his position to design a game- cost us nothing, not even an inch of closet space, and no clean-up to speak of.

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By Kevin (registered) | Posted March 17, 2012 at 13:59:00

A rhyming, recycling gandeneer... awesome.

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By WRCU2 (registered) - website | Posted March 18, 2012 at 09:50:33 in reply to Comment 75259

A rhyming, recycling gardeneer... awesome.

I'm still figuring out how to write Hamilton right Mr. Somers, but I'm glad you didn't call me a poetic, pathetic poemer because that would've been a misnomer!

I'm trying hard to detach myself and observe people with an alien aloofness if you get my flicking drift. lol

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By ShawnRussell (registered) - website | Posted April 19, 2013 at 03:42:55

Interesting. I think what you do it’s really good for children as they associate recycling with “fun” instead of “troublesome” or “something only crazy green peace people do”. When I was a child, plastic carriers would be turned into kites and old hats turned into sleeping quarters for kittens. It’s activities like these that you start to appreciate the value to things. I think right now, the disposable culture is way too strong. I've seen teenagers discarding perfectly working phones because of a new found trend. It’s sick – almost like a virus. The carrier of this virus is of course advertising and peer pressure. However, if kids grew up thinking recycling is cool, they should not be affected so easily.

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