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Post by Jaded Green on 21st December 2011, 9:25 pm

This may seem a little premature, but we have just sorted out the Christmas lights and decided that the set that don't work are to be thrown away. Looks like too many bulbs have blown to be able to replace them. So I've had a look online and it appears that one should take one's Christmas lights to the RecyclingCentre as a "small electrical appliance" As Mr JG said (thus prompting me to look this up) There's a lot of copper wire in the strings of lights.
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Post by Jaded Green on 29th December 2011, 9:35 am

Our groaning recycling box has just been emptied. As well as Christmas lunch for 15, we had a party at Solstice. And to cap it all, one of our green boxes disappeared a few weeks ago and I only got round to asking for another one last week, so it isn't here yet.

Good to know that you can recycle wrapping paper and Christmas cards in the box (not that our cards have gone yet)
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Post by polgara on 29th December 2011, 10:24 am

I save paper & cards for re use, the paper to wrap & the cards to make new cards.

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Post by Dandelion on 29th December 2011, 11:43 am

Jaded Green wrote:
Good to know that you can recycle wrapping paper and Christmas cards in the box (not that our cards have gone yet)

Our local authority isn't very keen on wrapping paper because of the foil on some of it which is quite annoying. I try to buy non-foil paper (tho I sometimes forget if it's a bargain!) and we light the woodburner with it. Real sellotape is biodegradable which cheers me up. I do get a bit fed up with Christmas cards with glitter on, as you can't recycle them, or really burn them, or use them to write shopping lists on. Not keen on glitter!!

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Post by Jaded Green on 29th December 2011, 6:20 pm

Miss JG sorted out wrapping paper, I'm pretty sure that most of ours didn't ahve glitter.. I usually keep some for re-use, but have so much, I have restricted myself to a couple of bits this year.
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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 30th December 2011, 8:22 am

M&S are doing a card recycling scheme to help the Woodland Trust.
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Post by Sparhawk on 30th December 2011, 9:18 am

I normally empty out the compost from the bin about now, riddle it & store it in bags, I then use all of the old wrapping paper to start the next years compost after taking out the foily type stuff, any of the ribbon/tape that doesnt compost down gets riddled out later...

it wasn't done conciously to, but I suppose it could be seen as sealing up the old year & starting afresh with the new one...

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Post by Jaded Green on 30th December 2011, 9:38 am

Spar - that's nice.

AJB - I shall take my cards off to M&S as soon as Twelfth Night comes. I found a bag of last year's cards waiting to go when I was getting ready for this year!
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Post by freebird on 30th December 2011, 1:35 pm

Different sort of recycling - I keep all the nut shells and put a couple of handfuls into paper bags (I also keep all paper bags; usually from flour or sugar). Add some of the dropped wax from Christmas candles, and roll over the top of the bag. I use these as firelighters when we have an open fire. They work well even without the candle wax, as there are often little bits of nut that get stuck in the shell.
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Post by Dandelion on 30th December 2011, 2:08 pm

I read somewhere that pistachio shells are very good for de-clagging your chimney or flue when they're burnt. (That's my excuse for eating them...!)

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Post by Jaded Green on 30th December 2011, 2:33 pm

Freebird - that's a good tip.

My lovely niece - who works promoting recycling for a local council - told me yesterday she produces about half a bin liner of actual rubbish a month. I am so proud of her. And as a result I washed up the container the sausages came in, so that I could recycle it, instead of binning it.
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Post by Chilli-head on 30th December 2011, 7:52 pm

Recycling Christmas ? The tissue that wine bottles sometimes come wrapped in is great for wiping clean the stove glass. The dividers out of corrugated cardboard wine cases make great kindling if rolled up tightly and given a twist to keep them rolled up. The corks can go on too. Yep, Christmas always drives me to the bottle
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Post by Sparhawk on 30th December 2011, 8:47 pm

Dandelion wrote:I read somewhere that pistachio shells are very good for de-clagging your chimney or flue when they're burnt. (That's my excuse for eating them...!)

Lady S swears by prunes for declagging her chimney or flue...Shocked

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Post by Dandelion on 31st December 2011, 4:14 pm

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Post by Aberlemno on 31st December 2011, 5:40 pm

I've recycled all my C/Cards by cutting them up to use parts of pictures as gift tags for next year, and what's left goes into the paper kindling box as a base for the wood-burner each time it's lit. The wrapping paper all went on the fire too (no foil stuff used here).


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Post by Jaded Green on 5th January 2012, 7:53 pm

Does anyone still collect stamps? I've been tearing them off the Christmas card envelopes of they are Christmas stamps.


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Post by Dandelion on 5th January 2012, 8:02 pm

Me too - the friend who used to collect them is no longer with us. I'm looking for a home for my stamps too!

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Post by freebird on 5th January 2012, 11:29 pm

I used to send stamps to the RSPB. Don't know if they still collect them.
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Post by freebird on 10th January 2012, 9:17 am

I keep meaning to ask - does anyone know if silicone release paper (like the backing for sticky labels etc) can be put in with ordinary paper recycling?
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Post by polgara on 13th January 2012, 6:26 pm

I have cut up all the cards ready to reuse, & remade a bought Advent calender with new pictures. Some paper folded & put away & some paper saved to make some more wreaths with flute next year.

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Post by freebird on 16th January 2012, 8:14 pm

Just had a reply back from our local council recycling department, who tell me that they do accept silicone release paper in with the paper recycling (in case anyone wants to know).
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Post by Dandelion on 18th February 2012, 12:46 pm

Jaded Green wrote:Does anyone still collect stamps? I've been tearing them off the Christmas card envelopes of they are Christmas stamps.

I found this link last night (I thought I really ought to do something with the pile of stamps which had been gathering dust since December!)

http://usedstampsforcharity.weebly.com/

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Post by danksshady on 18th February 2012, 1:19 pm

Does anyone know anywhere that takes plastic bottle tops, we have a black bag full as my sons school were collecting them for a charity but have stopped as the teacher organising it left
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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 18th February 2012, 2:56 pm

Gail, as far as I know, Lush collect them so if you have a Lush shop nearby you can take them there
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Post by Jaded Green on 18th February 2012, 3:47 pm

Lush certainly we collecting plastic bottle tops a little while ago.

I've had a bit of a rebellion over the last couple of days and whilst tidying up have to admit sweeping bottle tops, milk bottle foils and various other things into the bin. I just haven't the energy to sort them all out and wash them.

i'll get over it and normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.
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