I love this idea. I am so neurotic about the idea of stuff going to landfill that my house is mainly filled with polythene, packing noodles and old bits of plastic that I cannot bear to send to the dump and do not trust my council to recycle properly.
TerraCycle recycle everything. All bits of weird plastic, cigarettes (!), styrofoam shite, old broken toys! They send you a box, called a “Zero Waste Box” that you fill with the particular offending stuff and then when it’s full they will come and collect it. They take it to their plant and do crazy things with it like turn it into watering cans and stuff.
I have got myself a box for terrible plastic, (aforementioned packing noodles and polythene), and one for a general living room clear-out, which involves old plastic broken toys, old shitty paintbrushes and paint palettes, crappy free toys on the front of magazines, all that shite that those bloody LOL Surprise slags come wrapped in. You can even get a mixed one for just the nightmare jumble of shite, (although there are restrictions on exactly what you can toss), that you cannot bear to send to landfill.
It’s not cheap. Both boxes, with a 20% discount, cost me £250. Giles did his “WHAT?!?” scared-woodland-animal face at me when I told him.
I mean, it’s sort of insane to have to cough up this much just to do a good thing, but there we are. As far as I’m concerned I can’t think of a single thing more worth spending money on.