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74 Responses to “Contacting Recycle This”

  1. Brenda Trobe says:

    I have just peeled, cored and frozen prepared bags of apples from our apple trees. I thought that all the cores and peel were such a waste so I thought I would try something to see how it worked out. I put bowls full of them with a good amount of water into the microwave for about 15 minutes on full and then strained the liqued from them via a sieve. I I then liquidised the remainder and left that to strain overnight and scraped the apple puree from the bottom of the sieve and added it to the liqued. I then added a pinch of mixed spice (you could use cinnamon), a dash of lemon juice and a couple teaspoons of sugar into the liqued and heated it again to dissolve the spices and I now have a lovely apple drink – so nice in fact that I aim to freeze some for xmas so that I can add alcolol and make a nice punch. I still have lots of apples to peel so I will also have lots of juice drink.

  2. Bre says:

    Please send me your old support tights ( in clean condition ) I also need woollen clothing that has shrunk and felted and unwanted clean socks Please contact me at

  3. bookstorebabe says:

    Okay, I just stumbled across this and had to share.
    Isn’t it nifty?

  4. harry riding says:

    who buys old wooden windows

  5. Rashid Mahmood says:

    To Subject Sent Size
    ‘’ offer:all types gloves 12:01 PM 15 KB

  6. Katie says:

    hello, can i use this image for my gcse coursework on upcycling, email me please

  7. Toheebat Adebayo says:

    I would like to ask your permission to use information for my GSCE ICT coursework. Please email me or reply to this comment as soon as possible. Thank you.

  8. Alisha says:

    I have some items to recycle (baby).

  9. A W B says:

    The down to earth green news from across all markets.


  10. I have school books k-1 to k-5. Math , english and science. From Manatee school system in Florida. We shipped half to Africa, but still have enough to fill an 8 x 8 room. Many are new. It includes woorbooks and teacher manuals. I do not like destroying any books. They are free to pick up in Bradenton Florida. Dennis 727-742-0762

  11. Robert Bond says:

    Where can I recycle a bicycle in the Newport/Cardiff area?

  12. I need an image of a tennisball for something I shall write about on my blog (History of my childhood). I found a good photo here, can I use it?

  13. Jane says:

    A friend of mine works at a non-profits organization that uses baby bottles to collect money from churches to support teen age pregnancy support. They get cases of empty bottles, remove the LATEX nipple for the change to go into the bottle.
    She gets loads of nipples that she does not want to through away or landfill. How can she recycle these LATEX nipples safely.
    Thank you very much for your input. Jane

  14. Lee Cousins says:

    I work for a mattress recycling company based in the midlands, we are 100% committed to landfill avoidance, we have found outlets for all of the materials left over after a mattress is stripped but i am always on the lookout for new ideas on recycling. I am trying to find an out-let for the fabric that the mattress is surrounded in, the fabric is bailed and we amass large quantities per week and require collection, the fabric would be free of charge to anyone that could collect.

    If anybody is interested in this fabric for recycling purposes please post a comment and i will get back intouch.

  15. Andree Finney says:

    This may already be available i dont know, i work for a Charity which finds homes for homeless and vunerable people. Finding clean 2nd hand beds is problematic. So I was wondering if anyone has invented an industrial type steam cleaner. I imagined that each mattress in good condition could be vacuumed and and stains pretreated. Then the steam cleaning machine designed rather like a pizza oven. Where it is suspended so that jets of could be administered to all surfaces maybe also a discenfectant /insecticide. To improve the cleaning process a surface exfoliater could be added, rather like a car wash, continuous circulating the air in the machine could help could draw out the tainted vapour. When the cleaning process has finished any surface water could be removed by suction and warm air blowers could dry it out. Hooray!! Good as new!! Well in theory, are there any budding inventors out there? As some matresses cost well in excess of £500 a spotless reconditioned one could command a handsome reward, Many Thanks Andree

  16. su says:

    Hi Louisa!
    Next week I am at a conference all week. One of the motions for discussion (which is supported) is about replacing union reps and H & S reps existing card cards with plastic credit card type. I intend, if this motion actually gets discussed (it probably won’t get prioritised) speaking against the motion. However, I need as much ‘ammunition’ as possible and wondered if anbody knew anything about the emissions released during manufacture, how long if ever, they take to degrade & anything else that might be relevant. Call this pre-emptive reducing!


  17. felix says:

    Dear ,

    I have an old clock parts for sale . Hope to hear from you if you are interested in buying them .
    Kind regards,


  18. Gill says:

    Does anyone know of any charities that collect buttons, preferably for use in Africa/abroad?



  19. ellen says:

    I have old science & maths text books to donate for 11-18 year olds

  20. Janette says:

    I have a backpack I would like to recycle and reuse. I have the straps and the part that goes against our back but would like to change the rest of it with reused fabric. Only the zipper doesn’t work right now but would like to change the whole outside pocket to add style.
    I have some random fabrics including jean material from old jeans. Could the jean material for durability?

    Does anyone have any simple but fashionable patterns that fit what I have? It would be fun to do a quilted backpack (but I don’t have any quilted fabric yet ). I don’t want to do a purse backpack just a normal one that can hold books and such. I’m trying to avoid buying anything so buying a zipper is out of the question. I have some other craft supplies but not extra zippers.

  21. iftikhar Hussain says:

    I mrunning a school for boys and girls in baltistan pakistan. I m seeking books donation for our school library for level 10 and below of any subject.

  22. Su says:

    Hi Louisa,
    Bicycle panniers – mine have a really useful stretchy mesh pocket on the outside, unfortunately now more hole than mesh. Any ideas on repairing them? The actual pannier part is absolutely fine.



  23. Wunmart says:

    Pls, i will like to re-cycle d fabric.this my e-mail address(

  24. kim says:

    I’m after a washing powder ball and can’t seem to find where to buy one for love nor money! As you mention ~ they’re not the ‘in’ thing anymore but I’m desperate for one ~ any suggestions??

    • j.j. says:

      Hello Kim

      I have some washing powder balls, email me


      • Daisy May says:

        Hi Janet,
        Had a plastic washing washing powder ball for years which my husband accidentally added to the recycle collection last week. Yes, I could have killed him!! I would be happy to buy one from you and will pay the postage, naturally.
        Please, please let me know.


  25. Beth Minks says:

    Hello. Where is your main location?

  26. karen harris says:

    Dear Sir/Madam

    I am working in a residential for young people in care at Guildford. I am wondering if there is any free boy’s bike (for teenagers) and would like one for one of our boys for xmas. I would really appreciate if you kindly give one away he would be pleased. I understand if you don’t give bikes away. I would appreciate if you could lead me to the right direction to the right place.

    Thank you for your time.
    Kindest regards
    Karen Harris
    Residential Worker

  27. raymond gavin says:

    well i was wondering if u though out new extra carpet and if so is thewre any way we can get some

  28. Janet says:

    I have ordinary plain curtains that need to look snazzy.I like the “wacky” type of design,whether it’s adding on old buttons,bits of fabric etc.Any ideas? Many thanks,Janet.

    • Rhonda says:

      Hey Janet, how about stencilling, feathers, anything light weight. I saw a textile artist on a quilting show and they used tule as the background, rotary cut fabric, mostly lames and fancy stuff, into tiny pieces. they sprinkled the pieces around till they got the look they wanted, used a quilt basting spray, which is water/ air soluable, to get it to stay put, put another piece of sheer fab on it and free motion quilted it. Just a thought, good luck, Rhonda

  29. Lisa Salter says:

    Love your blogs, lots of great advice for people and encouraging reuse & recycle … Thank you

  30. Anthony Jackson says:

    We have enquiries from several large business users who want all the recycled tyres we can get:

    1 wants 4.5mm tread on performance tyres 18-22 inch wheels
    2nd wants 2mm tread any tyres

    Get in touch if you have these ideally in volumes or you know somebody who does. We can take a container a month (2000 tyres plus)

  31. Anonymous says:

    I have a neighbor who loves to feed the squirrels the only problem is they have no shells in their yard they are all in our yard and they go through around 10 lbs a week how can I get rid of the shells? They are very sharp and I don’t think the garbage will take them. Ant help would be appreciated.

  32. Doris Owens says:

    Do they have a place in Cincinnati, OH that takes empty, clean pill bottles for recycling? I would like to recycle mine closer to my home in Forest Park. My former church in Price Hill takes them but is a long way from me.

  33. T Nicklaus says:

    Just wondering, how do I recycle briefs, Y-fronts, knickers and bras? Could not find the answer here. Thanks.

    • Irene says:

      Bras are desperately needed in Africa. Do you not have a charity that collects textiles to send abroad

  34. Paul says:

    Everytime I post a comment / Reply it says awaiting moderation, however many times this status never changes.

    Can you explain how this gets moved along the process



  35. Mark says:

    I work in a primary school and can’t find out where to recycle empty glue sticks. Any ideas?


    I have a lot of shop brought and pre-recorded videos which I do not want any more … can you tell me if you would make use of them?

  37. Steve says:

    Hi, I have a bottle of BBQ gas which beyond 30 years old. I need to dispose of it and the gas. The fittings on the valve are no longer standard. Is there anywhere near Epping NSW where I can take it?

  38. flemkan says:

    Thanks for the idea of weaving the venetian blind slats… I’ve had some really nice ladder back chairs that I couldn’t afford to put new cain seats on I am going to try to weave the leftover slats from a set of blinds that I made into a roman shade yesterday. It seems like they would be strong enough and I can always make pillows to put over them as long as they will be strong enough to sit on.

  39. Jean says:

    I would like 6 plus inch carpet tubes for a project and will pay shipping.

  40. Pat Brooks says:

    I have 3 bikes to donate. I need to know where to take them.

  41. Linda Bunting says:

    We have some old text books that we would like to donate to Africa. Please get in touch if you would like them.

  42. good to please to sell recycle old laptops sell desktop machines for cash

  43. Diane says:

    Hi I am a pet groomer, I would like to know if you have any self help products to help me recycle pet hair ,please send reply to above e-mail mail thanks

  44. ken adogo says:

    Heideliberg Christian Community and Medical centre , is a Christian non-profit making Organization and non-governmental organization (NGO) registered with the NGO BOARD the Republic of Kenya, in compliance with the national guidelines for the operation of NGOs.

    For the past years, HCCMC has focused its activities and operation within Kisii and Kuria,Kenya based on the gospel according to our Lord Jesus Christ, who came to the world to save us from our sins.

    Our aim is to ensure spiritual and moral upliftment of mankind. We seek to minister to the poor and the needy, to give hope to those without it, to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, to comfort the afflicted, to visit the forgotten and imprisoned, to give shelter and support to the very least.

    HCCMC presents compliments and wish to inform you that, she is highly interested in co-operating with your reputable Christian Organization as partners and collaborators in achieving the aims and objectives of Save the poor by sharing and distribution of Bibles for our on going gospel evangelism and out reach programs.

    In view of this, the above mentioned organization wishes to request for more Holy Bibles for distribution for Hospitals, Homeless, Churches and Schools during our gospel, evangelism and out reach programs.

    Below is the profile of HCCMC Christian NGO

    • The mission of the HCCMC is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to prisoners, the homeless, hospitals,
    Churches, Schools and people from all backgrounds by sharing and distributing of Bibles and Christian
    Books. HCCMC Intends to achieve this mission and vision through co-operation with the local communities and
    operates with both International non-governmental organisations and Christian organizations as well.

    • The mission of the HCCMC is to assist, develop and empower the needy through spiritual, moral and physical
    means as well. HCCMC intends to achieve this through the provision of Bibles and relief services.
    • Our mission and vision is to serve all the regions in Kenya by sharing and distributing Bibles and Christian
    books with the support of other Christian organizations like yours as partners.

    We are ever ready to provide all the necessary information you may need, and also to give you the report of any Bibles that you may send.

    Thank you and hope that our proposal would be considered.

    Hope to hear from you soon,

    Yours in Christ,

    Elder Ken Adogo
    HCCMC Kenya

  45. Lyn says:

    I live in Northern Illinois, almost Wisconsin border. Where can I take empty medicine plastic containers for recycling for charity?

  46. Kathy Clark says:

    Can anybody tell me if there is a way to cut open plastic shampoo bottles, the opaque thick ones and flatten them into sheets to use for crafts? I am saving them but don’t know if it is possible to heat them up or something to make flat sheets. Thanks for any help. Kathy

  47. Diane says:

    Do you still collect empty pill bottles ? If yes where do I send them ?

  48. Dinesh Verma says:

    I need a machine to separate aluminium from tablet packing

  49. Wendy says:

    When will there be recycling options available for all tea bag wrappers
    and packaging?

    • David Trim says:

      Add your teabags to the rest of the items for composting which your council will collect when necessary.

  50. Jayne elliot says:

    Where can I take my Christian books to recycle.

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