Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…

Peppa Pig just reminded me that I wanted to join in with the Kindness Club’s post about Recycling this week…

I know that many countries are not so good about Recycling as ours, here in West Wiltshire we have a green bin for garden waste and a black bin for household waste, a recycling bin for tins, cans, bottles, paper, foil and old rags all collected from the curb and we have to take the cardboard and plastic bottles to the tip which also recycles most other household items safely such as old TV’s, fridges, furniture etc.

There is also a very active Free Cycle on line where you can place unwanted items for somebody to collect, along with the sunday Car Boot Sales which are also recycling really – there is very little you can not recycle here..

The Recycling lobby seems to have pitched it’s message at the younger generation with CBeebies the BBC’s under 6 channel practically brain washing children to Reduce Reuse Recycle as Bob the Builder tells us.

We join in and do our bit, the smalls both help flattening cardboard or bagging plastic bottles.

Our favourite recycling is the Scrap Store.

The scrap store is a charity that gather waste products donated from local companies, items which would be waste ordinarily but can be used by children to stick and glue, make something new. We get a bag to fill up and get shiny paper, bottle tops of varying kinds, felt, wool, paper, card – all sorts of wonderful stuff. The biggest problem with this is trying to think what to make with it all!

We have made many Christmas decorations, a shiny wind mobile, people puppets out of old thread cones and loads of collages.It is a real adventure to go and see what you can find as it is very different every time, they also do an out reach program bringing scrap out to the towns and villages and involving children in making play – it’s fab!

The best thing we ever had from the scrap store is a piece of floor lino which we put on the wooden coffee table or carpet to make our surfaces a little bit safer!

There are scrap stores all over the UK, Google them they are really great 😀

6 Responses to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…

  1. jfb57 says:

    We used the Scrap Store for many years & for all sorts of things at school. It was well worth the subscription.
    As for recycling at home, we are keen. I do wish my council collected more items such as plastic bottles. I’m also a little concerned that what I put out is actually recycled!

    • kailexness says:

      I’m so lucky the “tip” is just around the corner, I’d love the bin men to take the cardboard and plastic bottle too though!

  2. Susie says:

    Here it is pretty much in it’s infancy. It only been a few years since I remember them putting communal recycling bins and there is no rules or fines for not doing it.

  3. goonerjamie says:

    The scrap store sounds excellent, wish we had one around here. Do have a recycling center at the bottom of the road though so it’s not all bad.

  4. Red Ted Art says:

    Totally agree with you on all points!! We have a scrap store too, but it isn’t very good – but I guess some months it has great stuff and others not? Need to investigate again, as it is perfect for our crafting at Red Ted Art (did you see our deoderant Penguins… teehee).

    Great to see more linky upies at New Day New lesson, love her Kindness club, such a fab idea!!!

    Maggy, Red Ted Art

  5. Scrapstores are a fantastic resource for all your arts and crafts materials at a discounted rate, please take note that the head office has had a name change and is now ReusefulUK the website is

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