Disposing of empty mig wire reels

  1. Mikes Member

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    Having just come to the end of another 15Kg wire reel I changed it and threw the empty reel on the rubbish heap. Later, I noticed that it has a recycling symbol for the plastic grade. Too large to stick in our domestic recycling so just wondered what anyone else does to recycle them. There's nothing at our local council tip for larger plastic items. Must have thrown away a good number over the years but really want to do something positive with them from now on. Any ideas ?
     
  2. 8ob

    8ob Forum Supporter

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    They make a good cable,rope or wire tidy.

    Bob
     
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  3. bourbon Member

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    Local School may have them for craft projects? Reuse, Recycle etc
     
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  4. Lazurus

    Lazurus Member

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    Great for storing electric fence wire on.
     
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  5. steviec_lj

    steviec_lj Rust Welding Professional

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    Around our way, they say to put hard plastic in the general waste bin, apparently they have a new sorting line.

    Anything that doesn’t fit in the bin goes in a “Bulky Items” skip at the local tip.
     
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  6. Brad93

    Brad93 M J B Engineering

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    Hard plastic skip at our recycling centre. Items like garden chairs, kids toys etc all goes in there.
     
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  7. 123hotchef Member

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    thats what i use them for
     
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  8. Hitch

    Hitch Moderator Staff Member

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    We had a salesman in peddling wire with recyclable reels being the selling point. We stuck with the Esab wire that's on metal reels.

    Recyclable tends to be sorted out at out our local tip, it goes into a mixed waste skip then gets sorted at the processing plant.
     
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  9. Dee J Member

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    Some areas have a 'scrap store'... a place where schools, crafters etc access surplus and offcut stuff for a small fee. Reels are a popular useful item.
     
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  10. Mikes Member

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    I like the idea of putting aside for someone else to take and re-use. Will ask at the larger tip if they do this. Run out of mates who want them for extension cables etc.
     
  11. winchman

    winchman Member

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    We could have a thread 1001 uses for an empty Mig reel?
     
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  12. The_Yellow_Ardvark

    The_Yellow_Ardvark If in doubt ask. Same rules for everyone

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    Place one on some thick cardboard.
    Fill the 4 empty spaces with potting compost.

    Then start of seeds in them.

    This year, sweet peas, runner beans, peas and I think some sort of cabbage.

    Then you thin them out and pot on.
     
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  13. TechnicAl

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    Thats always been the problem. To be honest the plastic is more recyclable than the steel. The plastic can be shredded and remelted and re-moulded. Its 100% recycleable....in fact the spools are best when theres a significant amount of recycled material. Once upon a time if they couldnt get old spools they would use TV backs.....They cant be reused because there are at least 3 different sizes. They need 3 sizes to maintain the "precision" winding and allow for wire diameter tolerance...At the max tolerance the width of a layer is wider than at the min tolerance....not easy to describe in words.....the problem is there is no infrastructure to collect them
    Steel spools are copper coated to prevent contamination but that makes them low value scrap because copper is a problem in steel....over a certain content and you get whats known as hot shortness....so they have limited use....but there is a network of places willing to take them
     
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  14. eLuSiVeMiTe

    eLuSiVeMiTe Forum Supporter

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    If you get bored
    Cotton-Reel-Tank.jpg
    Made one successfully from a big 10mm t+e reel last year. Kept the kids amused for hours.
     
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  15. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    Ahhh, what memories! :clapping:
     
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  16. Cobbler

    Cobbler Codger bodger

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    A cotton reel tank I knew them as, what did you call them
     
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  17. armalites Member

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    We have a full size green wheelie bin for recycling so a 15kg reel will fit easily. We also have a couple of our own green wheelie bins from when you could buy them for £20 in Costco. Our recycling is collected fortnightly and we generally put two bins out, the one they provide and one of our own and they have no issues emptying both. We even checked with bin men and they were fine with it.

    Interesting thing is the bins we bought in Costco are 16-17 years old and are still in better shape than the ones the council provide.
     
  18. eLuSiVeMiTe

    eLuSiVeMiTe Forum Supporter

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    Snap.
     
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  19. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    Yep :thumbup:
     
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  20. The_Yellow_Ardvark

    The_Yellow_Ardvark If in doubt ask. Same rules for everyone

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    For the young ones.
    Plus the nostalgic ones.




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