Oh dear – our first landfill item?

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Our first landfill item found during the WRAP Recycle week garage declutter :(

Our first landfill item found during the WRAP Recycle week garage declutter ๐Ÿ™

I think we might have found it. Our first official WRAP Recycle week landfill item. I would like to be able to offer it on Freecycle for compost / mulching, but I’m not sure; I think this might be taking things a little too far. I don’t think this is a case of one man’s trash is another’s treasure. It’s more a case of – it’s trash, deal with it, and your conscience, Mrs Green!

This is something we’ve been hanging onto for years for a ‘one day’ project.

We finally found the perfect opportunity to use it, but alas, we think it has seen better days…

I certainly wouldn’t want it in my bedroom!

There is a moral in here. I’d been saying for a long time that we needed to get on and use this item otherwise it would be ruined. I didn’t quite realise how true my words were going to be … It appears just as food goes mouldy in the back of the ‘fridge, other things in our life are not designed to last for ever either.

How guilty do I feel right now?

We’re off to load up the car with our first day’s offerings to the recycle centre now. It’s been quite a day, but we’ve got through a lot and we hope you enjoyed reading about it. More tomorrow!



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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Hi Mrs G – what a pity. I’m not sure if this will help but there is a company pushing for carpet recycling in the UK and has an association of quite a few well-known members. It might be worth getting in touch with the head offices of a few of the members. Try http://www.carpetrecyclinguk.com.

    Keep up the fantastic work

  2. Tim Hobbs says:

    Perfect for covering up a compost heap / manure pile or as a kneeling mat- someone at your local allotments would surely snap it up. I know I would!

  3. John Costigane says:

    Hi Mrs Green,

    There are bound to be some landfil items, since the collected material was in place before the Zero Waste challenge. As I found at Anna’s some stuff is just waste for disposal.

    This should not count as your normal bin waste but as a single non-recurring item.

  4. Mrs Green says:

    @Almost Mrs Average: Thanks Mrs A – someone tweeted this company too. I’ve been in touch and very helpful they were. I’ll be writing about them this week ๐Ÿ˜‰

    @Tim Hobbs: Thanks for the idea Tim. I offered the carpet on Freecycle after reading your comment. Hopefully an eager grower will give the carpet a new lease of life!

    @John Costigane: Hi John; you’ll see from our post this morning, we are going to keep a tally of all the landfill items. There will, inevitably be some ‘one off’ occurrences; they key of this project is to keep waste to a minimum; putting into practise all we have learned over the past year.

  5. I would have said the same and offer it as for use by a gardener .

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