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Recycle waste (frugal fun for a climate future)

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Recycle Waste and Save

Recycle waste and save is our mantra. Most of us live in capitalist economies, where people are encouraged to consume, consume and then consume some more!

However, for those of us who need to save money and want to limit thoughtless consumption, one solution is to recycle and save.

Recycle Waste at Buy Back Shops

Many rubbish dumps, refuse centres or tips as they are sometimes known, have recycling facilities. In concert with this many also have a resource recovery or buyback shop. These buyback shops can be a great opportunity to purchase something you need for a mere fraction of what it would otherwise cost (and recycle waste).

Giving real meaning to the phrase “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, these dump shops are a great place to go for something you need, or even just to visit looking for bargains.

Container Vending Machines Recycle Waste

More and more countries are now introducing recycling vending machines. Consequently, this means you can return your rubbish via a vending machine. Indeed you may even receive 10 cents per container you place in the machine.

So, you simply feed in as many old cans, bottles or other containers (as are accepted by the machine) and at the end you will get a docket and verification of your payment. Look out for any container vending machines that are recycling waste in your jurisdiction.

recycle waste with container vending machines
Recycle Waste with Container Vending Machines

Other Recycle Waste Ideas


Repurposing is simply about giving an old item a new life with another purpose. So here are some examples.

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How to repurpose at home

  1. Old garbage bins

    Old garbage bins (with missing wheels or a broken lid) can be re-purposed as a compost bin.recycle old garbage bin

  2. Old jars or containers

    Re-use old jars as containers for household items.recycle old jars

  3. Old teapot

    Use an old teapot or similar items as a flower pot. Indeed the result can look unique and attractive. So it is a clever way to recycle waste. An old teapot holding flowers

  4. A pot by any other name

    I was going to buy a pot for some herbs I want to grow on my patio. However, the pot I wanted was $120. So I ended up buying an old washing tub from the dump for $10.

    With a coat of paint, it looked fine. Even better, it makes an interesting story to tell people. It is so easy to recycle waste.

  5. Old toilet rolls label cords

    If your office has ever looked like mine, you will have had frustration at not knowing what all those cords are for. So I was delighted when I found out old toilet rolls could be used for labelling cords in such a clever way.recycle waste toilet rolls

These are just some of the ideas we have come across. So come up with your own ideas to recycle waste and save. Therefore we encourage you to look for other tips and share your own ideas.

Before anything is thrown out, think about how else it could possibly be used. Consequently you are saving money but even more importantly, you are saving the planet.

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