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A recycling idea

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by BlueFishDesigns, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. BlueFishDesigns

    BlueFishDesigns Very Active Member

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    For years I've thrown away the cardboard tubes that the vinyl and banner material are rolled on. I hated to do it but didn't know what to do with them. Yesterday I put them on CraigsList in the "Free Stuff" section. What a response! Hope to get rid of all I have today and they will hopefully be turned into kids' art projects. Just thought I would pass the idea along!

    (I know, I know... everything ends up in the landfill eventually. So it's not really "recycling", I guess. But it makes me feel better than just throwing them away.)
     
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  2. SignosaurusRex

    SignosaurusRex Major Contributor

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    Our local suppliers buy most of them back from us. I suppose we pay for them to begin with...like a deposit.
     
  3. Fitch

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    OK... so here is a weird one.

    Wet a couple down... to paper mache consistency. Put them in a 12" tub and "squash" down evenly. Let dry. You now have a quite thin "slab". Put them aside.

    Next time you need a post structure installed, put them in bottom of the hole as "levellers" so both posts are level, before concreting.

    GREAT SHIMS !!!!!!!!!!!!! For free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cheers
     
  4. Finishline Signs

    Finishline Signs Active Member

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    We have been giving our tubes to our church and some local schools for the past couple of years. We also give them the backing from laminate as table covers for when doing painting projects. Teachers love it.
     
  5. rfulford

    rfulford Active Member

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    Yea, it really is a shame to throw this stuff away when so many people can find a use for it. A good friend of mine took several tubes off of my hands for use with the Indian Princesses. He cut up the tubes and gave a section to each girl who then created a totem pole piece. Later at an outing, they assembled a large totem pole and told stories about each piece they made. I thought this was a really great idea.
     
  6. Jet Fast Printing

    Jet Fast Printing Member

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    I always use them for shipping.
     
  7. Shovelhead

    Shovelhead Major Contributor

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    Tubes will degrade....weeded vinyl won't. I'm not concerned with cardboard tubes.
     
  8. BlueFishDesigns

    BlueFishDesigns Very Active Member

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    Tell them they can also make rainsticks out of them. There are instructions online. :)
     
  9. CheapVehicleWrap

    CheapVehicleWrap Very Active Member

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    Tennis ball cannons!
     
  10. gnatt66

    gnatt66 Active Member

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    we store posters waiting for framing in them. lots of people come in asking for shipping tubes for art...we always have enough to share. :)
     
  11. Malkin

    Malkin Very Active Member

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    We have a local teacher who works with the mentally disabled pick up our excess tubes and scrap bit/end rolls of colored vinyl, to make colorful rainsticks with.
     
  12. Clear Choice

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    :clapping:And I thought I was the only one with recycling fever!
    I hate to throw away stuff. Cut vinyl really drives me crazy...
    so little of the vinyl is really used and so much just thrown away.

    I save the tubes, the plastic end caps and lots of the weeded
    vinyl pieces and cut-offs.
    Give them to teachers or Sunday School classes.

    :Big Laugh Now if I could only find a use for those little plastic hangers
    that are used to display socks in the retail stores...
    I have a box full of them!
     
  13. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

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    Wow this great I'll hang on to mine, don't get alot but hey I recycle just about everything thats possible
     
  14. James Burke

    James Burke Being a grandpa is more fun than working

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    Cardboard Tubes

    After pitching out a bunch of these things, I've begun to build with them. The one pictured below holds useable pieces of pounce paper and vinyl. Every time I empty a roll, I get out the Elmer's and glue on a new one. When I get it finished, I'll give it a quick coat of paint.


    Jim
     

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  15. night eagle

    night eagle Active Member

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    each new one becomes my new digeridoo till another new one pops up.

    the backing from lam gets used as fill material for packing boxes...

    mark galoob
     
  16. tintguy31794

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    my supplier buys mine back for .25 each.
     
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