How can I reuse or recycle … veg trays?

Tray of sausagesMost of the time, we buy loose veg – less packaging, get to choose exact which items we want and how many etc etc. But every now and then, usually when we go shopping last thing and there is no choice at all, we have to buy it pre-packed.

The most common offender is courgettes but I couldn’t find a picture of courgettes on a tray and we’ve got loose ones at the moment so I can’t take a picture myself. So here’s a picture of sausages on a similar tray, just imagine the sausages are courgettes. Ok.

So here we have our courgettes on trays. They’re narrow, shallow trays, either make of cushioning foam or flimsy plastic and we don’t know what to do with them. They’re not deep enough to use as kitchen top compost collection receptacles (we use mushroom boxes for this purpose when cooking or for collecting tea bags/leaves each day) but the plastic ones especially are too flimsy to be used under plant pots.

Any suggestions?

(Photo by fritz018)

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9 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle … veg trays?”

  1. bev says:

    I use the foam ones under plant pots. I also use them when the kids want to grow cress – just a couple of sheet sof kitchen roll folded up on one of them works fine.

  2. anykey says:

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  3. mozzie says:

    I have used the deeper ‘trays’ too for:
    1) growing seedlings – put holes in for drainage,and
    2) grouping small food items into them e.g. vanilla flavouring bottle, stock cube packet, to separate them from the rest of my food cupboard. This keeps them together and stops them disappearing behind large items!

  4. Cadan ap Tomos says:

    If you are doing any DIY around the house use them instead of roller paint trays.

  5. Sack36 says:

    Wash them well; break them up into smaller pieces; and use them for packing material.

  6. Leah says:

    I use them to mix paints.

  7. renee says:

    You can use them for print making instead of a lino block. carve lines into the foam with a stiff object, cover with paint, apply paper and rub gently. Carefully peel the paper off. A mirror image of your design will appear on the paper

  8. angela says:

    paint pallette


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