When there was 4 of ou we used to. The paper was recycled for different reasons before going in the bin before our Council finally decided to divide our bins in half, then gave us separate ones.
Not having a big enough yard to have a compost heap., Grandma used to wrap the peels from F&V in paper beofre putting them in the bin. Grandpa used to clean all the school and other leather shoes on Sat. nights. He used to put newspaper on the floor and across his front so he didn’t accidentally get shoe polish on his clothes or the floor. He sometimes used paper he hadn’t read. We had a cat that stayed inside at night (you have to have them inside at night by law now). He used to dive in under the paper them come out of the top, then leap onto Dad’s hands. It became a routine game after a few weeks. We used newspaper in the bottom of the budgie’s cage to collect waste seed etc At times we cut photos out and kept for school assignments. We never knew what we would need or when so we saved what we thought may be needed later. They were stored in a carton so we could find what we needed We also saved photos from magazines. As family members grew up and moved out the papers got read less and less. At one stage we got the paper once a week that had the week’s TV Programs and car Club Notes in it. Then we stopped having it delivered as it was rarely read. If we heard there was something special in it we would buy one at a shop or when the newsagent came into work late afternoon. He was given permission to go desk to desk to those who bought a paper from him.
I still read the free Messenger to find out about local events etc. All re-cyclable papers and catalogues go in their special bin together with other suitable items

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Published 19th February 2020


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