The construction industry generates over 100 million tonnes of waste every year.
And our Zero Waste community are on it!
This week they shared these fabulous tips for reusing builders merchants bulk bags – the sort you get sand or gravel delivered in.
Bulk bags would make instant compost heaps! Put a layer of sticks and twigs in the bottom, add some soil or old compost that is full of worms and start layering your greens and browns. Give it a stir every now and then and in a few months time you’ll have some free compost.
Builders bags are the perfect size for raised beds. Put drainage material in the bottom, fold over the sides and fill with compost or soil. Last year I grew potatoes in mine with huge success.
Use these handy bags for a spot of clearing up. They make fabulous containers for collecting up all your hedge clippings, tree prunings and weeds. If you don’t have room to compost at home, you can use them to transport materials to your local recycling centre.
Even more valuable to the gardener than compost is leaf mould, and it’s so easy to make. Just, erm, fill your bag with leaves, cover and allow nature to work its magic for a year or two.
Get rid of weeds
Save yourself money by leaving weed suppressing plastic at the shop and repurpose your builders merchant bulk bag. Cut into strips and lay on the ground before topping with gravel or wood chips.
Protect your furniture
Patio furniture can take a bit of a bashing during the winter months, but not everybody has room in a garage or shed to store things. Builders bags make useful waterproof covers for chairs, tables and the kids sandpit.
What about you – any reuse ideas to share or have you come across a supplier who take bulk bags back to refill?
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