Reduce Reuse Recycle?

It’s funny: The political climate in this country has gotten so toxic that even ‘living green’ has an element of hostility to it. I’m kind of living the stereotypical green dream, but I imagine that your average greenie would rather see Redneck Joel dead.

I was thinking about that this morning, while reducing an old stepladder to its final incarnation. I’ve got this backbreaker somebody was going to throw away – oh, many years ago now…


Wow, it’s a wobbly thing and I haven’t used it in maybe seven years, because – cue the “people throw away the damndest things” logo – I have a much nicer old stepladder somebody was throwing away. It’s been cluttering up the yard and I kept meaning to get rid of it – and, since I scrounge all my firewood, “get rid of it” meant…


…break it to pieces…


…and cut it to stove lengths. Not much meat on its bones, of course, but every little bit helps. And the only part that ends up in a landfill is a little bit of hardware.


Tobie has apparently gotten to enjoy keeping me company through these little yard projects. He just sits there in the shade like a big boy, never gets bored and demands attention. Except for some evening zoomies Tobie has outgrown the more obnoxious puppy phase now, and he’s a lot easier to live with.

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3 Responses to Reduce Reuse Recycle?

  1. Mike says:

    Tobie is turning into a very hansom fellow.

    As for the ladder, there’s no better end for something made of wood than to heat a home.

  2. Ed says:

    It should be nice long burning hardwood.

    I usually save hardware like those l-brackets in a box though, they eventually get used in some minor project where a trip to the hw store would be inconvenient.

  3. AZDave says:

    We do the same with wooden pallets, as there is always an abundant source at the shop.

To the stake with the heretic!