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A Guide To Ultimate Recycling
A Guide To Ultimate Recycling
In the days of the Indian nomads roaming the plains of the United States, the American Indians worked hard to preserve family and friends by living off the land. Some of us think it is inhumane the way they would kill a buffalo or a deer , but they didn't waste anything. They were the Ultimate Recyclers! Bone, fur, and many other parts made for tools, clothes, cooking utensils, and were traded to other tribes that weren't so mobile for grown foods and goods.
My plan with this page, as with many of my others, is to create a growing resource of ways that you can recycle for yourself.
I already have a page created to show you how to make your own charcoal. If done correctly you could make your own turpentine/wood alcohol in the process, as well as heating your home -- if the process was integrated into an existing heating system with simple methods. All from leaves, saw dust, old biodegradable leftovers, tree bark, old pallets and much more.
Other ways to use ultimate recycling is using your old motor oil and lubricants or that wood alcohol I had already mentioned, to fuel your metal smelting/cuppola furnace to melt your aluminum cans and scrap copper/brass/bronze, even gold and silver into something you made yourself.
I have a page for that.
How about grinding up your plastic bottles and scrapped toys to mold into your own products. Or cardboard or old guttering to help create garden spaces. Using old refurbished computers and printers to make automated homebuilt CNCC machines to build products for you.
In fact, properly set up, you could decrease your neighbor's carbon foot print too, because you will be waiting for them to throw the trash out so you can recycle nearly everything in it!
That is my goal here. To show you that even your septic tank can be used to recycle! And it is possible to do it without the smell!
Photo courtesy Serpico
Soon To Come To This Page On Recycling Ideas
My up and coming list of features
So you will know that it does continue to grow and that I really do need your ideas...
Tire recycling programs and things you can do at home to recycle tires.
Solar Energy (it's not just the fancy panels anymore!)
Recycling old (and really old!) computers
Glass and Tile Recycling Ideas
Gardening in a city apartment!
A guide to composting (and how you too can compost those WalMart tumbleweeds, you know the plastic bags...) And yes I did say compost plastic bags!
Realistic techniques to save fuel in your existing car...
Hopefully, if you follow all of my thoughts, you would be reducing you neighbor's carbon foot print too!
Make Your Own Charcoal!
Do you ever get tired of bagging those leaves every year? Got a pile of newspapers and cardboard boxes? Got some limbs and brush that you need to dispose of in your shredder but don't need any more mulch or wood chipped pathways in your yard (not sure how you managed that though)? Are the kids bringing home way too many art and assignment papers? Throwing away too much paper? Have a huge pile of old pallets, or a stack of wood scraps that are too expensive just to throw away? Tired of not getting paid for all of that recycling?
Now, do you cook out? Do you get tired of paying the high prices for those charcoal briquets or propane for your grill? Tired of everybody talking about how wasteful and carbon negative your monster natural gas grill is? Would you cook out more if you had a carbon neutral or carbon positive way to do it?
How about this: Needing so much extra leaves that you start needing your neighbors piles. Going by the dumpsters of grocery stores to take all of their cardboard before the trash truck gets there. Paying for an ad for all the old phone books and Sears catalogs you can get.
Why? To make your own charcoal. It's an easy process that with some innovation can be even easier. Add to that, you could actually be charging other people for this product in your neighborhood!
Now the quality of material is key to good charcoal and whether you will have to add any additives, but anything works. A good slab of oak makes wonderful charcoal. Grape vines and such are used for making charcoal pencils for artwork. Leaves will probably have to be wet down slightly and combined with a cereal or grain, or maybe even hickory or apple wood chips for flavor.
Be sure to catch more of my ideas here with my new page on making your own charcoal briquettes.
Photo courtesy of Sharon
Molding Your Own Plastic
Molding is the process of manufacturing by shaping pliable raw material using a rigid frame or model called a pattern.
A mold or mould is a hollowed-out block that is filled with a liquid like plastic, glass, metal, or ceramic raw materials. The liquid hardens or sets inside the mold, adopting its shape. A mold is the opposite of a cast. A release agent is typically used to make removal of the hardened/set substance from the mold easier.
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