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Old 21.05.2015, 13:07
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Newspaper string

I did search for this, was surprised it hasn't been covered already!

I have a years' worth of free newspapers in the keller! I've seen newspapers tied with string, and I wonder if I have to use this string or can I use anything? I do have a feeling I have to use this string, can anyone tell me where I can get it?
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Old 21.05.2015, 13:10
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Re: Newspaper string

The string is available just in the supermarket (try where the stationery stuff is). You need the proper string 'cos it's biodegradeable (though other biodegradable stuff should be fine too).

Personally, I just shove it all in a paper carrier, though some areas frown on this (and some neighbours do in areas where the officials are fine with it).
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Old 21.05.2015, 13:47
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Personally, I just shove it all in a paper carrier, though some areas frown on this (and some neighbours do in areas where the officials are fine with it).
Where I live they do not take bundles in paper carrier bags at all. They leave them standing when they collect the rest. The hundreds of bundles have to be moved by hand again later and during this proceedure newspapers tend to fall out of the bags. Putting them back in would mean loads of extra work for the volunteers who, around here, do it to earn a bit of extra money for the local club they belong to.
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Old 21.05.2015, 13:58
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Re: Newspaper string

If you can't be bothered with the string, take everything to your nearest recycling centre. There you just sling it into a big container.
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Old 21.05.2015, 14:16
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Where I live they do not take bundles in paper carrier bags at all. They leave them standing when they collect the rest. The hundreds of bundles have to be moved by hand again later and during this proceedure newspapers tend to fall out of the bags. Putting them back in would mean loads of extra work for the volunteers who, around here, do it to earn a bit of extra money for the local club they belong to.
Luckily, where I live (Basel Stadt) they take paper in bundles, paper bags or even just thrown in cardboard boxes. The entire lot gets picked up and thrown into the back of a rubbish lorry which compacts the lot into a squishy papery mess.
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Old 21.05.2015, 14:24
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Personally, I just shove it all in a paper carrier, though some areas frown on this (and some neighbours do in areas where the officials are fine with it).
I also take my papers stuffed into a paper carrier bag .... but the stupid thing is, that you can't just toss whole lot into the paper skip - you have to empty the bag, and then (if you no longer require the bag), this has to be tossed into the cardboard skip.

What complete bollocks.

At my previous location (and different recycling depot) the whole bag full of papers was lobbed in, without problems.


....... and to be honest, a pound to a penny, I bet both skips (paper and cardboard) are emptied into the same sorting machine and separated in a huge revolving drum with a giant fan blowing the paper away from the cardboard.
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Old 21.05.2015, 15:23
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Re: Newspaper string

I find the string convenient to use. I got one ball one year ago and I used it to bundle Altpapier every 2 months, when it is picked up in our village. I still have ~ half the ball left.
https://produkte.migros.ch/papeteria...ing-80m-farbig
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Old 21.05.2015, 15:27
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Where I live they do not take bundles in paper carrier bags at all. They leave them standing when they collect the rest. The hundreds of bundles have to be moved by hand again later and during this proceedure newspapers tend to fall out of the bags. Putting them back in would mean loads of extra work for the volunteers who, around here, do it to earn a bit of extra money for the local club they belong to.
I believe I live in the same collection area as you and the thickness of the bundles is important too lest they become to heavy as it's quite often children who are doing the collecting for, as you mentioned, their clubs.
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Old 21.05.2015, 15:35
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I believe I live in the same collection area as you and the thickness of the bundles is important too lest they become to heavy as it's quite often children who are doing the collecting for, as you mentioned, their clubs.
Good point about the size and weight of the bundles. Indeed it is often done by youngsters. Our group used to have a lower limit of twelve years old.
If you ever get roped in to help, wear strong gloves! That string cuts into your hands something 'orrible after the first fifty bundles, especially, as you say, when they are very large and even more especially when it rained in the night and they soaked up a load of water too.
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Old 21.05.2015, 15:51
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The string is available just in the supermarket (try where the stationery stuff is). You need the proper string 'cos it's biodegradeable (though other biodegradable stuff should be fine too).

Personally, I just shove it all in a paper carrier, though some areas frown on this (and some neighbours do in areas where the officials are fine with it).
Is it really biodegradable, or are you stringing us along?
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Old 21.05.2015, 20:03
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Re: Newspaper string

In Geneva we just fill up Migros paper carrier bags. Some people do use string but not many. And they take cardboard too.

Put them out on Tuesday evening - gone before 8 am on Wednesday. Every week.

Or if you live in a posh part, they have special bins for your paper.

Pixie, may i ask why you have a years supply of paper in your basement!
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Old 21.05.2015, 20:22
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In Geneva we just fill up Migros paper carrier bags. Some people do use string but not many.
Same here. The children from the local school come to collect it all once a month.

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Pixie, may I ask why you have a years supply of paper in your basement!
Because she'd didn't know where to get the string obviously!
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Old 21.05.2015, 20:23
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Re: Newspaper string

The range of accepted practices for getting rid of old newspapers in Switzerland is, like pretty well every other ruling here, equal to the number of communities in the country. Every one of them likes to think up little variations on the theme so that anyone moving to the next village down the road has a lot of re-learning to do.

A load of information in this ancient Sticky which might help members to avoid some of the pitfalls specially set up to trap newcomers (even the Swiss get caught when they move to another area!)
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Old 21.05.2015, 20:36
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Re: Newspaper string

I have recently found out why the collection of newspapers in paper carrier bags is frowned upon: it is because if the ground is wet the bottom of the bag might fall out when the bag is lifted by the handles.

When living in Avenches in Vaud, I put my bag of newspapers out for collection in the morning as usual and went shopping. When I came back I noticed that some kindly (stupid) neighbour had tied the 2 bag handles together with a very short piece of string...
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Old 21.06.2015, 23:12
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I find the string convenient to use. I got one ball one year ago and I used it to bundle Altpapier every 2 months, when it is picked up in our village. I still have ~ half the ball left.
https://produkte.migros.ch/papeteria...ing-80m-farbig
that's the exact one I've seen, it's blue and red. thanks! I'll go to migros tomorrow and ask for it (i've already looked and can't find it but I'm crap at finding things in the shops!)

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Re: Newspaper string

Some paper trays are specifically designed so you can easily wrap the (first half or the) string around the paper pile without taking them out. Have the sales personnel show you how, if necessary.

Google for "Altpapier Halter".
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