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Can Crushing for Recycling

Leapy
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Can Crushing for Recycling

I using lots of tin cans and they tend to bulk out my recycling bin, which is collected every fortnight. 

I'm thinking of getting a can crushing thing for recycling, but have never used one.

Are they andy good or just a waste of space and time?

I see some go on a wall and some or for the floor and used with your foot.

Any views and comments on these?

 

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RobPN
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Re: Can Crushing for Recycling

@Leapy 

Note how the can-crusher ads always seem to show drinks cans (cola, beer, etc.) which these days are aluminium and easy to crush.

They never seem to show baked beans or soup cans which are made of steel and not so easy to crush as aluminium ones.

Aluminium cans can be easily flattened length-ways by just stamping standing or pressing your foot on them.

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Drink cans, I tend to just squeeze them in the middle and flatten to end up much like the can in the picture. But bean cans etc tend to be more robust and I'd imagine the tool shown would do the biz nice and easy. Go for it.

Of course, there is always the club hammer.................

Edit beat me to it @RobPN  😀

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RobPN
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Fact:  To cut recycling volume slightly, a standard 300g can (Batchelors peas etc.) fits exactly into a standard 400g (ish) empty can with its lid fully removed.  Smiley

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Re: Can Crushing for Recycling

@Leapy  If your "recycling bin" is overflowing with tin cans... + other recyclable stuff... then maybe you do need some kind of can crusher.... alternatively... use less canned goods....

If your bin is nowhere near overflowing... ( and it`s just a "nice thing" you want to do ..... )  

 

why waste your money and energy doing what the council do?,..... which you pay for in your council tax... ? ? ?  

 

Minivanman
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Had one years back and gave up on it for some reason long forgotten and as @RobPN mentioned, nothing said about bean cans and the like.

Personally, I'd not bother. 🙁


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Leapy
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@Minivanman You make it sound like a vice you gave up 🙂

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@Leapy 

Could be, seem to remember I pulled a calf muscle. Either that or it kept tipping over onto it's side when trying to use it. 


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@Minivanman wrote:

I pulled a calf muscle. Either that or it kept tipping over onto it's side when trying to use it


Too much like my car foot pump. Long gone never to return including any lookalikes.

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Re: Can Crushing for Recycling

Try improvising a can crusher. It is only a simple lever.

You could use sturdy repurposed timber, bolts, scews. You could even put stabilizers on it to stop it tipping over sideways.

Then post a picture here 😂
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Re: Can Crushing for Recycling

Even in Lockdown, with home food deliveries, we find it difficult to get anywhere near filling our recycling bin.

 

Perhaps 10% full.

 

Fortnightly collections.

 

So no point in crushing cans with attendant possible injuries.

 

We do fully remove lids, whether pulled or sliced off, to protect any animals that may try to eat leftover content on a landfill, we do rinse out cans..

 

The only time our recycling bin approaches full..... is after an Amazon delivery !

 

Most of our food is cooked from fresh.

 

The bulk of our recycling is plastic bottles, namely 1.25 & 2 litre drinks bottles, inc water.

 

And a few glass cooking sauce jars or bottles.

 

 

Minivanman
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.... one thing we have stopped buying because of the plastic, bottled water.

Only myself and the Mrs so it's a full bag and maybe half of recycling every two weeks, and rarely if ever a full bag of the non recyclable waste.

Glass goes about once a month into one of those glass recycling containers we have in town - the sort that makes you feel like a alcoholic as you shove them in one at time through that hole like so many hail Mary's! 

Food waste in a separate bin each win and not much of it, and the ever increasing these days Amazon cardboard get bundled up once a month or so to be left of for the bin man.


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Minivanman
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Live scenes from Sheffield as local man attempts to take the bins out:

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Nah - more likely Scottish Border area, @Minivanman - it's a positively balmy +3C here at the moment.🤣

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@jab1 Snowing in Leeds!!!😆