To put an old plastic toilet seat in the recycling bin

(33 Posts)
iphoned Thu 03-May-12 22:12:26

Well it's white and plastic. Can it go in the recycling bin or should I throw it at the end of the garden? It's actually already in the bin, so if it goes in the bin truck will it make a loud sound when it gets crushed? Will the bin men knock on my door and tell me off fr putting it in there?

Where does one dispose of an old plastic toilet seat?

southeastastra Thu 03-May-12 22:12:59

throw it at the end of your garden grin someday it may be a work of art

iphoned Thu 03-May-12 22:16:27

If I throw it at the end of the garden it wil join a broken toaster a broken grass trimmer and various other broken household appliances and other shit. I thought I'd do the right thing this time.

southeastastra Thu 03-May-12 22:19:13

well i wouldn't bother myself. we had an old computer out the front under a tree for three years, i think mice nested in it in the end

DilysPrice Thu 03-May-12 22:22:29

Our recycling doesn't take "hard" plastics. Check your council's website.

SardineQueen Thu 03-May-12 22:23:36

They won't take it.
Our recycling service takes old clothes but NOT PANTS. As we found out to our cost blush
Anything involving bums is a no I think.
I'd sling it in the normal bin.

iphoned Thu 03-May-12 22:25:38

End of the garden it is then. Might dust it over with some soil so it doesn't look blatantly obvious

iphoned Thu 03-May-12 22:26:42

Aah normal bin eh? That's a goo idea the black bin will hide it

SardineQueen Thu 03-May-12 22:26:59

Just leave it in the bin confused
No-one will come and shout at you!

SardineQueen Thu 03-May-12 22:28:28

xposts

YY that's the way

You need to cushion it with normal rubbish under and hidden under normal rubbish on top.
Don't know why, but that's the method.
Loads of plastic goes out in the bin, yours is just more boggy.

thegreylady Thu 03-May-12 22:28:42

While we are on the subject...we have just had a new loo fitted because the old one was a silly expensive round effort which wasnt comfy at all and errr wasnt really shaped for purpose.We went out to the bin a while ago to find the plumber has jammed said round toilet into our black bin!!We cant get it out-what will the bin men do???

SardineQueen Thu 03-May-12 22:30:52

Is it heavy?

If it's not too heavy you could try putting a normal bag of rubbish on top and putting it out and then crossing your fingers.
Hopefully the vigorous shaking the lorry does will dislodge the porcelain.
Around here if they don't like it for some reason you get a label on saying why not and they leave it.

SardineQueen Thu 03-May-12 22:31:50

HIDING the naughty things under a normal bag of rubbish is KEY.

I have no idea why, I just feel it in my waters.

Also a bit disturbed that this appears to be my specialist subject confused

iphoned Thu 03-May-12 22:34:10

Oh well as long as no one shouts at me..Sardine you do seem to know alot about this subject. I wonder what kind of naughty things you've been throwing out in your black bin bags <rubs chin thinking>

SardineQueen Thu 03-May-12 22:39:34

We have had a LOT of building work done recently. That is all I am going to say.

Before that I was a bin puritan, now I have gone to the dark side...

The pants incident was not to do with the builders BTW, but a normal pants based overhaul which left DH red faced when his pants were left out for all on the road to see with a big refusal sticker on them grin

serin Thu 03-May-12 22:43:15

There was a thread a while back about getting rid of a vibrator and which bin it should go in.

It was decided to post it to Dave Cam as I remember......

SardineQueen Thu 03-May-12 22:47:32

Vibrator needs to have batteries removed and put in appropriate recycling.

Then wrapped and tied carefully in multiple bags like a super-duper pass-the-parcel.

Then conceal in with normal rubbish in normal bin bag, and put in the centre of the rest of the rubbish bags in the outside bin.

Hope that has been of help!

<Finds niche>

<Starts Q&A style blog>

<Is confused when it is not instant hit>

SardineQueen Thu 03-May-12 22:47:56

Sam Cam, surely?

iphoned Thu 03-May-12 22:50:15

Oh thats so embarrassing!! Poor DH!

serin - Hope David made good use out of it! <pukes>

iphoned Thu 03-May-12 22:52:10

Sardine - your posts are reminding me of my childhood when I used to pick the top layers of the bin and throw my uneaten dinner in the middle so my Mum wouldn't notice. Very sneaky!!

bibbitybobbitybunny Thu 03-May-12 22:55:00

Don't tell me you really throw your old junk away at the bottom of your garden? Not really??

iphoned Thu 03-May-12 23:04:57

I really do blush. But in my defence, we have a very long garden and the junk is hidden by a small wall and two trees. It's hardly noticable really as there's swings and a trampoline in the way. The rest of my garden is more or less clean. Honest.

PigletJohn Thu 03-May-12 23:09:12

I think you need to get yourself to the council tip once in a while.

BBQJuly Thu 03-May-12 23:09:32

Why not just put the junk in the bin though, or take it to the tip? confused

iphoned Thu 03-May-12 23:13:36

I don't know...don't judge me! I'm not a hoarder or anything! I have a very clean house! You can't put a broken toaster in the bin...or can you? The council tip is too far away.

BBQJuly Thu 03-May-12 23:15:49

Not judging, just intrigued! (And envy because I love gardening but have a miniscule garden!)

HaplessHousewife Thu 03-May-12 23:18:44

Don't you have the men driving round in flatbed vans who seem to pick up any old shit unwanted items? Most of them seem to just want metal but there seem to be some more general rag-and-bone types about.

We had some knock on the door at 6.50am angry this morning to ask if they could take some old windows that we'd deliberately left out hoping someone would take a fancy to them.

SardineQueen Thu 03-May-12 23:18:57

If push came to shove I'd cut the lead off the toaster and put in in the bin. Cut the plug off the lead as well. It's a 3-tier process!!!

Really it won't degrade in your garden and it won't degrade in landfill but at least in landfill the robots they send to clean the planet in 2560 will know where to start!

PS me being me I'd probably keep the plug in case it came in handy, and chuck it out in about 10 years when I realised it hadn't.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Thu 03-May-12 23:21:17

I think I'd rather have fairies at the bottom of the garden than an ancient loo seat.

I put our last loo seat in the wheelie bin, as our council tip now only takes recyclables and besides, to encourage greater recycling, it's now only open from 5am to 5.45am on alternate Wednesdays. hmm

iphoned Thu 03-May-12 23:26:43

Hapless - that is EXACTLY how we got rid of our old bath screen, bath and old bath cabinet when we re-fitted the bathroom. I just don't feel comfortable leaving a toilet seat in my front garden, especially when all our bums have been on it one time or another....

Sardine, that sounds like something my Dad would do with the plug thing! I'm too afraid that when it gets crushed in the bin truck it will make a loud sound or jam it or something. I feel like I would be breaking the law! Nah I'll leave the toaster! grin But the toilet seat is going...on Tuesday to be precise!

HaplessHousewife Thu 03-May-12 23:33:21

When we bought our last house we had to have a lot of work done so the builder did a fair amount of the ripping out and just ordered a skip for one day at the end meaning we had the whole bright blue toilet sitting proudly in the front garden (along with a load of other crap). Can't remember if it was for days or weeks and we didn't live there at the time so didn't affect us but goodness knows what the neighbours thought as it was a naice area grin.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Thu 03-May-12 23:40:29

On the high street we have a charity recycling bin for small electrical goods. Have you got one locally, where you could dump the toaster?

iphoned Thu 03-May-12 23:44:44

ComeIntoTheGarden, thanks I might look into that. Our local Tesco and Waitrose have some big recycling bins in their car park - will check if they have a electrical one.

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