Recycling – the next level
We’re all pretty familiar with the concept of recycling. Most of us are aware of which items are destined for the recycling bins and which are not.
But what about upcycling?
Upcycling is a process where waste products and materials are repaired, repurpose and reused usually in a creative way.
When you upcycle something you enhance what is already there. An old coffee table with peeling paint is stripped, re-stained and varnished and used as a television stand, old ladders become plant display units and wooden wine boxes become shelves. The whole concept has become very hip and trendy.
While we may not have that much artistic flair when it comes upcycling and sustainable maintenance, we do try:
- A sign on the Hogsmill was on its last legs, and our maintenance team decided that with bit of hard work and some replacement features the old sign could be renovated and reinstalled.
- An old bench might have been due for the scrap heap but a little bit of TLC from the rangers brought it back to life and it’s now been installed at the top Dorking Road.
- Redundant county council roadside railings destined for scrap, were repurposed and are now being used within Nonsuch Park