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A Guide To Ultimate Recycling

Updated on August 6, 2011

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.

Nothing wasted!

Ultimate Recycling

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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      anonymous 4 years ago

      There is a lot of ideas to become the ultimate recycling to help good old Mother Earth, we need to live in a better world to them like the 40' or 50' or 60'. There is a lot that we have to do to safe Plant Earth

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      Hanusteffy 6 years ago

      Good and detailed info helped me to learn so unknown

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      anonymous 6 years ago

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      sirkeystone lm 7 years ago

      @Mickie Gee: I have actually been thinking about some things that need to be added when I do my edit, definitely one of the directions I should take because my years of flooring has led me to making mosaics for business logos in tile floors. Glass comes in handy for special effects, especially when adding LEDs under them... And so many more ideas, but thanks for the comments!

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      Great information for recycling.

      What about ways to reuse glass jars when your community recycle does not take glass? I am saving baby food jars to use as votive candle holders for outside.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Nice green lens Aric! - I recycle items and use them in my art work creations. I love to recycle items and find new ways to use the resources I have at hand.

      Great topic and topic starter.


      I hope you have a good Memorial Day!

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      HenryE LM 8 years ago

      I was blown away by some of the stuff you listed here. It's new to me! Great thoughts and excellent execution!


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      Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      The giant paper making idea is awesome. I have yet to try it small scale, but I have been wanting too. Too much Squidooing. lol

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      art4thehomeless 8 years ago

      Sweet just tweeted ya! Thanks for the kind comment and leaving your link on my lens


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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing more great tips for living green. Another well done lens!

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      A RovingReporter 8 years ago

      Going green is the way and I am glad there are lenses like this.

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      ssuthep 8 years ago

      I have bookmarked this page to learn more about how I can go green. Going green is the responsible thing to do and I try as best as I can.

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      Linda Jo Martin 8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      This is fascinating! I'm sorry I don't have any ideas for you at the moment but if I think of something, I'll let you know.