Waste is a swear word at shed
Menzshed Manawatu may be the ultimate recycling organisation. To begin with, most of those who roll up to take part in Menzshed activities are retired and are ‘recycled’ as members of Menzshed.
Many of our tools have been cared for and loved by men who knew their trade and have been donated by people who could not bear to see them thrown away. At Menzshed they now have new life and purpose.
Then there is timber in all its forms. The amount of waste from building sites that goes in the skip bin is huge, but those small offcuts are not usable, right? Wrong. At Menzshed, we make use of all sorts of timber, plywood, and particle board off-cuts to make useful things, and are always keen to receive donations of usable timber.
Some time ago we were given several lengths of hardwood, apparently from car cases, that we were able to re-craft into a seat to complement a new toilet at the river end of Maxwells Line.
To assist Plant to Plate with their Zest Fest in May, Menzshed turned humble pallets into vertical pallet gardens, converting something dumpable into something productive.
Even our building is a recycled army building that served time as a sports pavilion.
Menzshed members know there are many possibilities for re-using materials – and those of us who have been ‘‘recycled’ ourselves appreciate the opportunity to reduce waste and give something back to the community.
Menzshed is open Tuesdays from 10am to 2pm, and all are welcome. Contact David Chapple, email email@example.com, phone 357 4045, or just drop in to the shed on Racecourse Rd, Awapuni.
Menzshed’s David Chapple with the seat Menzshed members built from recycled timber and donated to complement the new toilet at the river end of Maxwells Line.