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Christine

Scavenging

Just walking down the shopping street in our small town yesterday I salvaged 6 IKEA carriers (think the blue ones) from a charity shop rubbish pile out for collection. Gave the charity shop 2 for allowing me to sort out their rubbish for them.

Had I had a wood burner in my council flat instead of a gas fire filling up what was the fire place and connected to a working chimney, I could have obtained enough wood to keep me going for months for a small delivery charge and a donation to another charity. Say 15. It would have saved me more than that in heating costs and there would have been more from the same source.  :q52:

I'm telling you - in the present chuck it out and replace it society that is so environmentally unfriendly, it pays to walk past every skip and rubbish pile with eyes wide open.

Or am I the only scavenger left?
Fey Dunnabitt

"Or am I the only scavenger left?"
No.
Bazzer

Did you know that removing stuff from skips, without consent, is theft. When you see what some people just throw away, it's criminal, more so than someone "stealing" the stuff and giving it a second life.
As for the plastic carriers, why don't the shop actually use them. One more item recycled.
bigphil

My Dad was always interested in the contents of skips etc. He'd walk up to the house and ask 9 times of 10 they'd let him take whatever. If the question of money came up he'd walk on.

sometimes he'd come home with the desired item later, after negotiations.

I'm similar. I spotted a downed tree in one of the gamekeepers pens. I offerd to cut it up if I could have the wood. Sure you can sez he.

Then I borrowed a chainsaw from one chap. Then I happened to see another fella who said he was after one, so I lent the chainsaw to him for the cost of filling the tank when he'd finished. Which he did.
So now I've a big pile of wood all cut up nice and neat and its not cost more than the fuel there and back saving me in excess of 100 heating bill. Nice.
Hawkeye

Skips are like a magnet , can't resist having a look in them.I once took a wind up gramaphone,the records and a 1920's typewriter out of one, after asking of course
Morlan75

Bazzer wrote:
Did you know that removing stuff from skips, without consent, is theft. When you see what some people just throw away, it's criminal, more so than someone "stealing" the stuff and giving it a second life.
As for the plastic carriers, why don't the shop actually use them. One more item recycled.


oops...... I a theif  
ilan

My father heats his house just on waste wood from skips and factories , whilst I dont have the time to go quite that far  i managed to get a good working petrol lawn mower , and several hundred bricks and a vast assortment of wood to good to burn so much so that when we move I will have to hire a small lorry just to move it !
Christine

Three barrow loads of hedge clippings - small barrow so make that 2 maybe for the compost heap - just for wheeling it over the road from the allotment gate.  Otherwise clippings would have gone into the brown bin that we pay the council to collect garden waste in which is then composted and sold back to the public.

Yeah well - it seemed bad finance to me to be too idle to get barrow and rake into action. Big allotment needs big compost heaps.  rolleyes.gif

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