• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Anne Miller
  • Pearl Sutton
  • Nicole Alderman
stewards:
  • Mike Haasl
  • r ranson
  • paul wheaton
master gardeners:
  • jordan barton
  • John F Dean
  • Rob Lineberger
  • Carla Burke
  • Jay Angler
gardeners:
  • Greg Martin
  • Ash Jackson
  • Jordan Holland

mail in recycling sources

 
steward
Posts: 6355
Location: Carnation, WA (Western Washington State / Cascadia / Pacific NW)
1719
hugelkultur purity forest garden books food preservation
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I would love to hear more information about some of these options. User experience or feedback especially!

So...there are mail-in / shipped in recycling options for some things in some places.

One that I'm looking in to is:

https://www.terracycle.com/en-US

https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/zero_waste_boxes/ - For enough money (IMHO, a lot of money in most cases) you can still have a normal consumer lifestyle, but pay to have your leavings recycled and thus be zero-waste. Tadaa!! While I'm being flip, I do this is kind of neat and might be a good start to reducing what normally goes in to our landfills.

https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades - but this link shows they also have free recycling programs, often sponsored by the companies or manufacturers of certain products. This one, Snack Bag Recycling Program, looks especially cool.

While I wish we did not consume any snack type chips....we do. And the bags make up a large part of our trash. So I think we might try this one.

I think there is some place to send in used clothes, too, and I'm forgetting where and how to do that. Was that through Amazon or something. Does anybody have a link?

 
pollinator
Posts: 1808
Location: Big Island, Hawaii (2300' elevation, 60" avg. annual rainfall, temp range 55-80 degrees F)
749
forest garden rabbit tiny house books solar woodworking
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I was a bit blown away when I visited that website. Wow. There are people out there who are actually willing to pay to mail their trash to a company who will recycle it for them. Wow. I guess I shouldn't be surprised because there are plenty of people out there paying good money for other services that they could do for themselves for free, cheap, or really don't need in the first place.

I don't want to criticize this system, but I find it puzzling.
 
Jocelyn Campbell
steward
Posts: 6355
Location: Carnation, WA (Western Washington State / Cascadia / Pacific NW)
1719
hugelkultur purity forest garden books food preservation
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Yes, the zero-waste boxes are quite amazing. And expensive!! You're correct, Su, a large part of what is offered in those zero-waste boxes can be done for free, or composted, etc. One example was the human hair box...which was an eyebrow raiser for me.

The free programs (their "brigades"), however, especially for items for which we don't have recycling available, now those are interesting to me! So currently, I'm thinking these three free programs look appealing:
  • snack or chip bags - https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades/haincelestial  
  • vitamin/supplement bottles via:  https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades/rb-health (Paul and I generate a lot of empty supplement/vitamin bottles! too many to use for seed sor other things!)
  • electronics:  https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades/electronics-recycling (we currently have some cell phones to dispose of...)

  • There is a fourth free one for Cliff bars and other energy bar wrappers, though we don't have so many of those here. Though some times some of our helpers have these.

     
    Jocelyn Campbell
    steward
    Posts: 6355
    Location: Carnation, WA (Western Washington State / Cascadia / Pacific NW)
    1719
    hugelkultur purity forest garden books food preservation
    • Likes 1
    • Mark post as helpful
    • send pies
    • Quote
    • Report post to moderator
    Oh, I found the other thing I was thinking of! The Give Back Box.

    The first major retailer to join Give Back Box was Newegg.com. The retailer placed Give Back Box fliers in all the boxes shipped to its customers. The flier recommended that customers re-use the boxes their purchases came in and fill them with clothes, accessories and household items, then ship them to local charities using pre-paid shipping labels. The local charities developed a system to track the packages, so when they received the boxes and scanned them in, tax receipts were generated for appropriate donors.



    This is the link for using an Amazon box:  https://givebackbox.com/amazon.

    It looks like it's a $15 donation to ship your items to one of the charities associated with The Give Back Box. That barely covers postage for a small-ish box.

    Or, you can use any box - there we go! More about how it works here:  https://givebackbox.com/works.


    gift
     
    6 Ways To Keep Chickens - pdf download
    will be released to subscribers in: soon!
    reply
      Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
    • New Topic