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    Hey all..

    Im getting sick and tired of all the useless crap that comes in the packaging of computer software and hardware. And most of its hard to recycle. CD cases for one are not very recycle friendly. What do I do with all these jewel cases i no longer need, or even the OEM cds for that matter. Does anybody know of a place i can donate these too? Perhaps some garage band or somthing can use all these jewel cases for the albums or something or perhaps some creative artist could use all these cd's that will just end up in some landfill... anyways enough rambling... if anybody has any ideas lets hear them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TK-421
    Hey all..

    Im getting sick and tired of all the useless crap that comes in the packaging of computer software and hardware. And most of its hard to recycle. CD cases for one are not very recycle friendly. What do I do with all these jewel cases i no longer need, or even the OEM cds for that matter. Does anybody know of a place i can donate these too? Perhaps some garage band or somthing can use all these jewel cases for the albums or something or perhaps some creative artist could use all these cd's that will just end up in some landfill... anyways enough rambling... if anybody has any ideas lets hear them.
    http://planetgreen.discovery.com/hom...ewel-cases.php

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    There's a city run Reuse centre across from city hall on the CN property. I'm not exactly sure how it works, but I would check it out if you wish to divert perfectly good items from the landfill.

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    There is a thread devotted to the Reuse centre that has an article explaining the process a bit.

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    Sorry to hijack this topic but i didnt want to create a new one.

    I got a question, Are the styrafoam packaging materials that come in things like tv or computer boxes recyclable? I checked the City of edmonton website and it doesnt say ya or nay on it.

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    Further 'repurposing' this old thread...

    Below is an interesting and very CBC radio interview to challenge beliefs about recycling everything. She states that recycled glass is basically worth less than sand - so she often just throws glass in the garbage. Here in Edmonton, Landfill filling is a cost avoidance strategy so costly repurposing may still pay vs the alternative of needing a new landfill. Still, interesting interview...

    Why recycling glass doesn't make you green
    Feb 27, 2015

    "Recycling advocate Helen Spiegelman looks at the economics of glass recycling, and comes to a solution that may not be as green as you'd think."


    http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/The+180/ID/2656240662/



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    Rethinking Single-Stream Curbside Collection
    By Upstream Admin | April 13, 2011

    Some communities and haulers are now trying to get customers NOT to put glass in the cart. Nevertheless, in practice lots of people continue to put glass in, either because they don’t know about the new rule or because they really want to recycle glass…just like they put all sorts of other stuff that they really want to recycle into the cart, which must be pulled out at the other end and sent to landfill. "...

    http://upstreampolicy.org/rethinking...ream-curbside/
    Last edited by KC; 02-03-2015 at 02:47 PM.

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    ^ glass is really most beneficial to be re-used. Recycling glass is basically just as energy intensive as creating new glass
    Over promise and under deliver. Itís the most Edmonton thing you can do.

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    ^ As energy intensive, but not worse. Certainly re-use is better than recycling, but that is not always possible. Recycling glass that can't be reused is still better than landfilling it.

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    Of course, recycling glass is still far preferable to throwing it in a landfill
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    Quote Originally Posted by 240GLT View Post
    Of course, recycling glass is still far preferable to throwing it in a landfill
    Maybe not. Listen to the lady's argument.

    However I sure believe in separation. Using up a bunch of energy to crush glass for an alternative to sand, when sand is readily available doesn't make much sense unless you are slowing landfilling or sand extraction is doing a lot of environmental damage. Maybe use far less energy to stockpile it in one out of the way location for posterity. Same with other unusable, unmarketable waste. Separate so that someday alternative uses and large readily available economic quantities make it worthwhile to recycle.

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    How much do you want to bet that a whole lot of this recycling that is getting shipped offshore, never makes it to the contracted shore, but instead gets dumped in the ocean.


    Recycled packaging 'may end up in landfill', warns watchdog - BBC News
    https://www.bbc.com/news/business-44905576


    Plastic bottles and toxic debris: Wave after wave of garbage hits Dominican Republic beach – National Post

    https://nationalpost.com/news/world/...nican-republic


    Lebanon's garbage crisis washes up on the beach - CNN
    https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/25/middl...ntl/index.html

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    Which is why we should be recycling here instead of shipping it offshore. Seeing as China is refusing to accept material for recycling because so much of it is contaminated (food mixed with paper, different plastics mixed together), we're going to have to get our act together and fast.

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    Just throw all your garbage in the trash.

    There is no shortage of space for landfill.

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    Thought I’d start a thread on great, cool, neat, weird, brilliant and plain old stupid repurposing / upcycling ideas, plus the same for restoration ideas - but decided to repurpose this thread.


    http://brunalab.org/infinity-coffee-table/



    Repurposed Car Parts – Build Race Party
    http://buildraceparty.com/repurposed-car-parts/
    Last edited by KC; 28-11-2018 at 01:19 PM.

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