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One woman's trash is another's treasure.

Discussion in 'Trash To Treasure - Joys Of Recycling' started by CJ1, May 20, 2016.

  1. May 20, 2016
    CJ1

    CJ1 Almost Self-Reliant

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    So as I was riding home from work today I saw an elderly lady taking an armload of planters out to the dumpster by the end of her drive. They weren't anything special. But there were like 60 4 packs.

    She looked at me like I was crazy for asking if I could have them. But have them to me none the less.

    So. Score!
     
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  2. May 21, 2016
    Britesea

    Britesea Sustainability Master

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    The nursery near us always has used transplant pots for free. I take them home and give them a bleach-water rinse to kill any diseases and use them when my seedlings outgrow their peat pots.
     
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  3. May 21, 2016
    baymule

    baymule Sustainability Master

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    Curbside Shoppers is what I call it. I have set things I didn't want by the street (when I lived in town) and they never lasted long. By the same token, I have stopped to pick up "treasures" too!
     
  4. May 21, 2016
    CJ1

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    Bleach does kill everything if you leave it in it long enough. 5 min in 5% bleach especially. Clorox comes at 5.5%

    Or so say dads NBC manuals.

    But I didn't think to wash them before using them next year. Thanks.

    I like that term. Curbside shoppers. It sounds like a tv show.
     
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  5. May 21, 2016
    Denim Deb

    Denim Deb More Precious than Rubies

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    I curb side shop when I can. That's how I got some of the plastic netting I have over my chickens. And I have a beautiful, leather topped table I got that way.
     
  6. May 21, 2016
    MoonShadows

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    I think curbside shopping is part of being a homesteader. I always have my eye out for goodies along the road. Likewise, I "set up shop" at the end of my driveway when I have something too good to let the trash man have. Things usually disappear quickly.
     
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  7. May 21, 2016
    sumi

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    I'm a fan of kerbside shopping and dumpster diving myself. No point letting something good and useful go to waste :)
     
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  8. Feb 13, 2017
    Annabellam

    Annabellam Enjoys Recycling

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    Very true. I've seen people recycle cans and plastics and do amazing things with them.
     
  9. Feb 16, 2017
    lcertuche

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    The towns always have a week where people are suppose to put stuff they want hauled away on the curbside. Everyone drives around looking for treasures.
     

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