No waste ideals are spreading
THE spirit of re-using and recycling is at the centre of a ‘zero waste’ craze sweeping north Wicklow and, indeed, the nation.
Facebook pages have been established with the purpose of passing along items which otherwise would go in the bin, therefore eliminating the need to either dispose of stuff needlessly, or to purchase new items thereby increasing production globally.
Everything from toys and books to wheelbarrows, golf clubs to half-empty toiletries, furniture to clothing and really anything you could possibly imagine has been shared via ‘Zero Waste Greystones’ and ‘Zero Waste Bray’.
Last week alone, some of the items being passed along included a gas heater, ornamental candle holders and, em, underpants sporting a secret hand-sewn pocket.
The aim of the groups is to limit the amount of waste going to landfill, and all items posted on the pages are given to the recipients free of charge. Those first to ask for the items get them, and if anything goes awry, they go to the next person who commented on the thread.
As well as tables, chairs and underpants, people are encouraged to post half-full tins of paint, or a well loved jumper. Even the sustainability community comes with politics, and in this case, controversy can stem when it comes to having a bulk of items posted. Participants are discouraged from taking them all in one go, and therefore potentially selling them on somewhere else at a profit.
The Greystones page recently held a poll about whether taking more than one item per person per lot should be banned.
The members voted overwhelmingly against such a rule, but the practice is still frowned upon.