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Environment group offers free recycled builders' bags
KIRKBYMOORSIDE Environment Group is appealing for ideas of what to do with 65 builders’ bags.
The group is looking for suggestions after one member was left with the bags following building work at her home.
Originally used to deliver materials such as gravel, the bottoms of them have been slit to allow the contents to be dumped, but apart from that they are intact.
Each one contains nearly five square metres of waterproof woven plastic fabric, along with around seven metres of very strong webbing straps.
“There must be literally hundreds of these builder’s bags going into landfill every day in the UK, after being used just once,” said Erica Rose, who runs the group’s website.
“It’s a huge resource going to waste, but also a huge opportunity for anyone who can find a good use for it, so we’d like to offer a free bag to anyone would like to experiment.”
The Builder’s Bag Challenge is a part of the group’s ambition to raise the profile of ‘upcycling’ – making new things out of old materials – in Ryedale. They also hope to set up a new Upcycling Network to offer information and support.
The aim of the network is to help people find out about upcycling activity in the area and to link up, making it easier to find raw materials that are currently going to waste, and to promote their activities.
Erica said she was confident that the network could reveal a hidden pool of creative talent.
“There must be people all over Ryedale making beautiful or useful things out of ‘waste’ materials,” she said. “Some ideas are already familiar – rag rugs and patchwork, for instance – but as our website shows, ingenious upcyclers can also find amazing uses for things like old car tyres and bike chains.”
Erica said a greenhouse could even be made out of old plastic bottles.
“We’d love to know what kind of upcycling people in Ryedale are already doing – and perhaps our 65 builders’ bags could even inspire someone to come up with something completely new,” she said.
Anyone who would like to find out more about the Upcycling Network, or would like a builders’ bag, can contact Erica through the website at www.kms-environmentgroup.org.uk, phoning 07791 539552 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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