Recap of Day 2 of our WRAP Recycle pledge

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The garage was unrecognisable when we went to it again in the morning! I’ll put up a photo later of the insides of it for you to see.

Fortunately the weather was kind to us over night. We had left everything out, uncovered on the patio because by 8pm on the first night we were too tired to do anything else.

The first job yesterday was to clear off the patio. All Freecycle items were bought through to the porch ready for collection later in the week. Any more landfill waste was bagged up and Mr green set to work on doing the next layer of sorting.  He cleared off the workbench, which was amazing – I’ve never actually seen it before!

The joyful part for him is that this can actually take part IN the garage with no more concerns about weather black clouds are going to dump their load on him.

He had one mishap during the day. A bit of a freaky one really. I was upstairs and heard this huge crash. A totally random gust of wind (it had been a beautiful calm day) came from nowhere and was strong enough to blow over a ceramic sink pedestal and table top. Both smashed into pieces.

Earlier we had been arguing discussing whether we should keep both these items, but the decision was taken out of our hands by good ol’ Mother Nature.

At 7pm we rolled up to the recycling centre for our second visit and here is a recap of the days activities:


  • 3 dining chairs


  • 3 compost bags containing:
  • punctured rubber inner tube (been repaired too many times already and from a bike we no longer have)
  • Assorted non recyclable plastic from old tools and containers
  • carpet underlay that was rotting into dust
  • broken wind chime
  • empty paint tin
  • mastik sealant containers
  • mouldy carpet that no one wanted from Freecycle

Recycled at centre

  • Assorted metal – metal taken apart from tools, chair springs, old radiator valves, rusty bow saw.
  • Wood – rotten wood that was over the inspection pit and old picture frames
  • Green waste – wicker log basket that was falling apart
  • Textiles – pair of shoes!

Reuse area

  • assorted leads and cables
  • 2 convector heaters

And at the end of our trip, we took home all the empty compost / sheep feed bags for reuse. We use those sorts of bags a lot at zero waste towers for collecting wood for the wood burner and carting weeds about in the garden.

All in all it was a successful day, moving at a much slower pace than Monday. Now the sorting will slow down even more as it’s a case of going through each item; including a huge array of nuts, bolts and screws, deciding whether to keep it (most of it will be I think) and finding it an organised home.

I’ll be contacting all the responders through Freecycle to arrange pick up times and I was delighted and relieved to see someone after my old printer last night. That was the one item I was dreading having to WEEE, as it’s a good machine; but as with most electrical items in life, they are virtually designed as a disposable item and people don’t want them secondhand.

What about you? I would love to have a break from this and hear about your week!

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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. That’s really good going Mrs G – you will all need a wonderful rest when this task is over. I’m wandering around quite aimlessly at the moment, just waiting for everyone else in our community to do their bit now Looks like the clothing collection is coming together nicely though – should help raise us some lovely cash for our school. 🙂

  2. Grandma Green says:

    Sounds as if all goes well – good onya!

    I too can tick off all the actions you posted as desirable for Zero Wate so, unable to face a hectic physical challenge, I sat in leisurely fashion at my computer and subscribed to an online magazine. Can’t wait till the first issue zips into my mailbox tomorrow! I was also very chuffed with how the subscription was so much less than for the same magazine in paper format. Hurray!

  3. Mrs Green says:

    @Almost Mrs Average: Hi Mrs A – good to see you, although you shouldn’t be on the computer with your bad back tsk, tsk. Hope you are feeling better now. You’ve achieved some amazing things this week; it’s lovely to see the community pulling together through your efforts. I hope you feel suitably proud of yourself 🙂

    @Grandma Green: What a great pledge! Reducing waste through online subscriptions is a very powerful way to get the message across about environmental issues. I hope you enjoy reading online. A paper magazine is one of my ‘eco sins’ I have to confess. I like reading in bed or in the bath – best not to try the latter with an online magazine 😀

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