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ideas for reusing Tetra packs?

 
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Bazil



Joined: 26 Sep 2005
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Location: Near Shrewsbury, Shropshire
PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 05 11:49 am    Post subject: ideas for reusing Tetra packs?  Reply with quote    

You know the cartons that orange juice come in.

I'm going to make my own orange juice to start and maybe use the cartons to put it in but are there any other uses?

You can send them back but you have to pay for the postage

ele



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Posts: 814
Location: Derby
PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 05 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've not found one so I'd be curious too (not very helpful am I )

I am really trying to avoid buying anything which comes in tetra-pak, the orange juice from the milkman is in reusable milk bottles, it's fantastically green, unfortunately not fantastically tasty

culpepper



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
Posts: 638
Location: Kent
PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 05 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I wash out my milk cartons for keeping veg stock in,in the freezer.
Sometimes I use them as mini bins by the sink for putting the compostables in before I take them down the garden.

2steps



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
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Location: Surrey
PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 05 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

you could cut them down and freeze things in them

Will



Joined: 30 Jun 2005
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Location: Grenoside, Sheffield
PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 05 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sainsburys and Waitrose in Sheffield have recycling facilities for them.

Slipsurfer



Joined: 20 Jun 2005
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 05 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The C.A.T guys were displaying a building sheet board made out of recycled Tetra. Great product. I think it may be German.

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
Posts: 14964
Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 05 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I use them as moulds for things like soap, and also for freezing soup and stocks. Don't think waitrose here has recylcing facilities, but that would be very useful, so I'll find out.

Mini bin sounds useful, if only someone else would empty them for a change!

N.V.M.



Joined: 05 Feb 2005
Posts: 207
Location: British Columbia,Canada,eh!
PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 05 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

bit off topic as i realize many of you do not live in urban areas, but do most cities in the UK have recycling programs where you are given a designated bin and the bin is emptied like your regular trash?

where i live we are given a bin, with colored bags. newsprint goes in the blue bag, recyclabale cardboard in the yellow, and tins go straight into the bin. they are then put into the back lane where they are removed once a week by the district.

cab



Joined: 01 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 05 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

NVM, it varies according to where you are in the UK.

Here in Cambridge we now have a plastic bottles and containers box (blue box), recyclables box (paper, cans, aerosols and glass, that's the black box), a compostables bin (anything that can rot down, including bones, meat, card, garden waste, food waste, etc.) and a black bin (everything else). Cambridge is quite progressive, but not so far ahead of many other towns.

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
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Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 05 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

N.V.M. wrote:
bit off topic as i realize many of you do not live in urban areas, but do most cities in the UK have recycling programs where you are given a designated bin and the bin is emptied like your regular trash?

where i live we are given a bin, with colored bags. newsprint goes in the blue bag, recyclabale cardboard in the yellow, and tins go straight into the bin. they are then put into the back lane where they are removed once a week by the district.


It very much depends on your local council and how seriously they take their recycling obligations. I live in a rural area, and we are officially only allowed one bin bag per week; we are given a roll of bags once a year. If you want to use more than that, then you are supposed to buy them. There is no separate collection of green waste, bottles or whatever - or at least not where I live.

On the other hand, we have excellent recycling depots that have bins for pretty much everything I would want to recycle, including plastic wrap, old wires and cables, textiles, oil, asbestos sheeting, etc, etc.

Little Acorn



Joined: 22 Nov 2005
Posts: 5
Location: Edmonton, Canada
PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 05 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Talking of Juice Carton recycling, there's a company up in Yorkshire that makes amazing products from old juicecartons. I first saw these on sale at The Eden Project.

I would assume that waste management authorities within a certain zone of their facility would have contracts for the collection and processing of juice cartons.

They make things like mousemats and clipboards amongst other items. Here's their site, if anyone wants to have a nose around: http://cutouts.net/ and here's a picture of the kind of thing they manufacture from the juicecartons:

n



Joined: 07 Jun 2005
Posts: 211
Location: Lothian
PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 05 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you peel them apart you can recycle the card bit and are left with a silvered sheet which has a brown paperish backing stuck to it. The papery backing means it will accept glue. I am using it to make my Christmas cards. I know it's not the same as large scale recycling but it does mean it's used at least once more.
n

fenwoman



Joined: 12 Dec 2005
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Location: Tydd St giles
PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 05 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you grow things you can cut them down to use as seedpots.

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