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 Post subject: Can you recycle used shotgun shells?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 5:15 pm 
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It's just gone 5 and the local depot has closed or I'd ask them.

They have a plastic and metal bin. I suppose I could toss them in there and see what they say..

(This is after a good few reloads of course)


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 Post subject: re: Can you recycle used shotgun shells?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 5:51 pm 
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I've often thought about this question. Hate the idea of them laying around for half of eternity as a result of our recreational "requirements". Hopefully someone here will have some answers that might benefit both the environment and the conscience.


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 Post subject: re: Can you recycle used shotgun shells?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 7:35 pm 
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Depends on the area. All the junk hulls we pick up off the range goes to the recycle center. They really like the cardboard the rocks come in. I don't know how they sort them, I've not taken them myself, but a friend does it all the time.

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 Post subject: re: Can you recycle used shotgun shells?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 8:34 pm 
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If anybody knows of a use to recycle shotgun shells I would like to know. We put a lot of them in a dumpster. The only use I have been able to find is some company did an experiment using them as ‘fuel’ making steel, they were mixed in with the ore. I haven’t found any commercial use.


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 Post subject: re: Can you recycle used shotgun shells?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 8:51 pm 
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Round here the bluebox can have plastic and metal in the same bin, and paper is seperate

so since hulls are metal and plastic at once why not recycle them


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 Post subject: re: Can you recycle used shotgun shells?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:02 pm 
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I recycle them into reloads :D


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 Post subject: Re: re: Can you recycle used shotgun shells?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:09 pm 
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DavidRamey wrote:
I recycle them into reloads :D


David,
no, this is after they've been reloaded to death..

I'll call Waste Management - the recycle contractor contractor here - and ask them tomorrow. I'll report back.


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 Post subject: re: Can you recycle used shotgun shells?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 4:10 am 
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My sister figured out how to recycle them. She melts a hole near the crimp with a hot paper clip. Then she runs a 2 inch wire through the hole and bends it in an "S" shape. On the face of the hull she paints a face - Santa Claus, reindeer, snowman, whatever. Sometimes she spray paints them white before the artistry. Look really cute hanging on the tree. I don't think she can utilize all 3 wheelbarrows full of empties I've got though. I told her she might try to sell the idea to someone - - in China I suppose! Wit aside, they really are neat and I have one of just about every shell mfgr. hanging on our tree. My wife is gonna keep the neices/nephews outta trouble over Christmas vacation by letting them paint a few empty hull ornaments.


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 Post subject: re: Can you recycle used shotgun shells?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 8:11 am 
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I throw them in the recycling bin and let them sort what they can use/not use.

I do try to imagine the look on the face of the city contracted recycling employee when they open a box containing 100's of worn out hulls.

They ought to be able to use the plastic to make park benches and gun racks for us???


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