|Forum topic by bluekingfisher||posted 08-28-2011 02:40 PM||1174 views||0 times favorited||21 replies|
08-28-2011 02:40 PM
Just thought I would share my frustration with you over a “near but yet so far” opportunity of obtaining some recycled timber.
While on holiday (vacation) a couple of weeks back I was visiting the city of Norwich (England) I came across an old store being refitted and stripped out. While passing, I saw a truck parked outside the shop and a couple of guys inside banging away while stripping out the old store.
With the increasing price of timber I take every opportunity to source cheap wood from dumpsters and throw outs etc so I had a quick peek in the truck to see if there was anything salvageable, unfortunately there wasn’t at this point. It being the first tijme I had visited this city I was unfamiliar with the place but made a mental note to look out for it as my wife and I ambled around the city.
Later in the day as we were leaving for home I saw the truck again, as we approached I could see it was piled high with timber. I could feel my heart rate rise a little in anticipation I must admit. When we reached the store the guys were dumping timber into the back of a large truck. I couldn’t believe it, there must have been around 80 or more 8 foot lenghts of 5×2 1/2” mahoganay. They had been used as studding of some sort with some old nails in them. I asked the guy could I buy it from him (thinking it would save him having to recycle it and provide him with some funds and me with years of well seasoned cheap timber) He told me he couldn’t as it was all destined for the incinerator and this was the second load of the day.
I couldn’t believe my ears, not only was this fantastic old timber going to be burned and not even recycled, it was easier for them to pay to take it to the burner rather than me pay them to take it away for them and save the ozone layer a little into the bargain.
I don’t know what the two loads would have cost to buy but I am guessing many hundreds if not thousands of pounds. I can tell you this incident totally ruined my day, literally, not only for the blatant waste of a reuseable product but the fact we get stung highly in our taxes if god forbid we are found to throw a tin can into the plastics recycling bin.
Has anyone else encountered such waste?? I truly hope not.
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