C.R.A.P. and the Joy of True Recycling

No, I don’t like the acronym either – CRAP is not a pleasant word in any way, sounds harsh, sounds coarse and creates unpleasant mental images  – however, just at the moment, I’m looking at the word a lot!

Why? Because this is the title acronym for Conserving Resources Associating People, which in the title is followed by an Area and is a Facebook page. So here, in Cornwall, there are at least eight that show if I search Facebook for C.R.A.P. – but I do not know if it is a country-wide phenomenon like Freecycle (which I don’t like for its ‘pleading your case – why you deserve this free item’ and ‘having to choose who gets it’ aspect – or is this only me) or just Cornwall and spreading. They referred back to ‘the first one set up’ Falmouth and Penryn (now with 5,400 members I see!) – so it may only be down here at this time.

Basically it is to save stuff going to landfill. Stuff that is still usable but not necessarily saleable – or stuff that’s good and usable that you’d just rather pass on than bother selling.

As we are downsizing in a major way – and have LOTS to get rid of – and then on top of that, quite a bit of the stuff I have hoarded kept safe was kept because it had been too good to throw away (to create landfill)  but not good enough to sell or to donate to charity for them to sell – this site is a blessing.

The local C.R.A.P. group has been running just over a month and has over 900 members already! Some giving, some finding, some doing both, some just watching until something catches their eye! And ‘local’ is important too, as members need to be close enough to pick-up the stuff.

It also encourages Up-cycling and Community efforts using recycled goods to help where needed.

You would be AMAZED at the stuff that goes – because it is so true – one person’s unwanted junk is someone’s ‘just what I need’.wp_20180917_22_21_53_pro

Unbelievable? You want Examples? Here you are then: an assortment of mixed glasses – went to two different people – both for crafting (glass painting / glass etching) 1950’s loo & hand-basin – to a retro loving home, 1980s grey loo, to become a planter, and to someone else, the handbasin – just what was needed.

wp_20180920_11_34_42_proScrolling through the page recently I’ve seen shoes, bowls, plates, lamps, rugs, old tables, cupboards, boxes, artificial flowers, table ends, woolly hats and comfrey roots – all go!

I called this the JOY of True Recycling because it is far more joyful than the necessary recycling of the waste we bring into our homes (plastic, card, glass and paper) and especially as the sort of stuff we can gift on this site is precisely the stuff that still goes to landfill – and there is a JOY in giving things away that you no longer need and knowing someone else can use 🙂

Off to take some pictures of the next pile of ‘treasure’ to give away …

Are you into recycling in this way?

Any good schemes where you are?

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X  Ann

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  1. Here in the USA it is common to leave items by the curb a day before the bins are collected. Lots of people make it a business to drive around to see what is available as well as neighbours and local people who drive by on their normal daily errands may see something they like. I myself have collected items that way as well as disposed of some.Of course this is made easier by the fact that most people here drive a pick up truck where you can quickly get even bulky items moved.
    We have a online network for neighbourhoods here called “Nextdoor” where people often advertise free and sales items to be picked up – we also have a facebook site just for our neighbourhood and one for the wider area.
    People are really fond here of so called “garage sales” and you can find little signs on the roads to point towards them happening. Sometimes a whole neighbourhood makes a day out of it and advertise and then you drive around from one street to the next where people have lots of items in their driveways for sale. In fact, we have such a sale in 2 weeks time and I will items out (but I am sure I will go around and probably come back with a few new items too).
    We’ve also been to auctions and found some reasonable priced items there.
    In the USA it is quite common to (hoard?) store items in a storage facility you rent and there are lots of storage facilities simply everywhere. That means that you don’t have to set aside space in your home and can use your home to it’s full capacity.

    Btw in Scotland we used freecycle as well as having a facebook “for sale and free” page for a cluster of nearby villages and that one worked great too.
    We lived near a large auction site and it was great to go to sell or buy there and they used a large outdoor area for a weekly carboot sale during the summer.
    Before our move to the US we gave away and sold a lot of items using all the above and found them all great tools.

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