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Post by noseblunter on 23rd November 2010, 2:04 am

I run a unique recycling business out of my house. I pick and dumpster dive, collecting anything of a useful, or intrinsically valuable nature (such as rare metals), and then posting them on eBay or selling them in my community. Not all items are still meant for this world though (e.g. vintage handheld irons), and so, eventually, I tear apart the unwanted and recycle the constituent materials. The system is sort of self-correcting, when I debate over taking in more junk, I simply consider the junk's lowest, scrap value; instead of sweating over its highest, market value. And in that same way, I know that my inventory has integrity, as it is made of intrinsically valuable materials that have properties unique to them.

So, anything trashy interests me, composting, recycling, upcycling, forty-ouncers, vermiculture. There'll be a day when trash disposal will be an expense as ominous as electricity; I'd like to take responsibility now.

But junk is only where I've begun, I'm bootstrapping toward full self-sufficiency. What initially interested me was renewable energy, but that's a whole other post.

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Post by polgara on 23rd November 2010, 8:03 am

Welcome, sounds interesting.

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Post by Lottie on 23rd November 2010, 9:04 am

Hello! Very Happy

Lovley to meet you, and your work sounds amazing! Very Happy

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Post by Adrian on 23rd November 2010, 10:19 am

Welcome from me - bootstrapping, I love that term so much - anyway welcome

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Post by Compostwoman on 23rd November 2010, 11:05 am

And a recycled welcome from me as well Very Happy

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Post by Mike on 23rd November 2010, 1:43 pm

noseblunter wrote:........ Not all items are still meant for this world though (e.g. vintage handheld irons), and so, eventually, I tear apart the unwanted and recycle the constituent materials......... Holla

Except that example is very strange. Just about nobody today would want those heat on the stove irons for use of course but they'd be much more valuable as "collectibles" than scrap. If not common in Missouri that people like to display 19th Century/early 20th Century ironmongrey as antiques (and so you find lots in the trash) hook up with somebody in another part of the country where there's a market for the stuff.

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Post by polgara on 23rd November 2010, 2:00 pm

Make good door stops though!!

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Post by Dandelion on 23rd November 2010, 8:26 pm

polgara wrote:Make good door stops though!!
My thought entirely!
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Post by Sparhawk on 23rd November 2010, 9:59 pm

Hi from me too...

bigthink You could also use them there irons for holding down wallpaper on a pasting table while you paste it...

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Post by Jaded Green on 23rd November 2010, 10:07 pm

Welcome


... and I'm sure those irons sell in antique shops over here.

In my family they would come under the category of "used to have one of those at the farm, great when we got an electric one" My dad grew up on a farm, which (you will have gathered) did not have electricity. Actually, I have a feeling there may be some of those irons around the house.
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Post by Guest on 25th November 2010, 6:52 pm

Hi there from France! treeswing
Those irons are still used by fine tailors!

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Post by flute on 26th November 2010, 4:21 pm

Hello! Nice to meet you! hippy1

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