No waste ideals are spread­ing

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS SPECIAL -

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.

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