Recycling (or not!) PC Games

My 19 year old son had a massive clearout recently. Among other things, he decided that he no longer wanted any of his PC games.  Some of them, like World of Warcraft, you cannot resell according to their terms and conditions but there were others that were reusable.

We usually trade in games at Game but I knew they did not take PC games. I gave up on Ebay a few years ago when it became more of a professional sellers platform.  I am going to try it again for my daughter’s DS games but I usually find that, by the time I have bought a jiffy bag and gone to the post office, it really isn’t worth the £1.99 or whatever that I have got for the item, even if the postage is just about covered.

Our local authority do not offer Cd/DVD recycling so that was out. No problem, I thought, I will send them off to that recycling place I sent the last lot.  It was great.  You filled in a form online, chose one of their couriers to come and pick up your box of unwanted Cds and DVDs for a small payment and that was that.  Cds gone and no landfill used!   Off I went to good old Google but I could not find any companies recycling Cds.  I found one or two that dealt only with companies or public authorities but not one that dealt with individual members of the public.  I came across several articles on recycling CDs that were published 5 or 6 years ago.  They had links to recycling companies but none of the links worked.  In desperation I finally searched for the companies themselves and found that they had all been dissolved several years ago.  Hmm.

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Where to recycle PC Games?

When I had googled CD recycling , several trade-in sites had come up, including  Zapper and Momox.  They are both companies that offer you money for your stuff – books, CDs, DVDs etc  as long as you have at least £10 worth.  The way it works is that you type or scan in the item’s barcode and they tell how much they will give you for it.  And you keep adding items at least until you reach the minimum of £10. A lot of reviews say that once they get your stuff, the amount you get goes down considerably as they claim they are not in good condition and this has always put me off using them.  However as I could not find another option and as part of my ongoing research into ways of responsibly decluttering, I decided to give one of them a go as an experiment.  I decided to start with Zapper as years ago one of the founders used to work with my husband.  After I had typed in several barcodes, I gave up, as they did not want any of them!  I then tried  the Momox site and they took 16 of the 20 odd games I had.

Once you have agreed to do the trade, you register with the site, pack up your items and print out a courier label. I chose Hermes as they seemed to have more collection points (usually newsagents) near me.  I took the parcel in on 11th May and Momox haven’t received it yet.  They are in Leipzig so I guess it may take a few days.   I will post an update when the games have been received and processed.

What did I do with the approximately 8 games I had left?   I took out any paper such as the cover and the instructions and then binned the rest, hating the fact that I had to do it.  At least now my son buys PC games online so he can just delete any he no longer wants.

If anyone has found anywhere to recycle CDs etc in the last 6 months, let me know. It does seem wrong that we are producing things that are going to cause problems for generations to come.

 

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Raspberry and coconut dessert

What has a dessert to do with decluttering? Well, not a lot but a quick dessert recipe is always useful. And if you have spent time decluttering, you need a speedy meal.

There has been no Love2Declutter for sometime as Sally has been ill for since November last year and unable to eat very much. Thankfully she is now on the road to recovery having finally seen a doctor who understood what was wrong with her. Now that she can eat normally, she is thankful for every morsel she consumes and tries to make it as yummy as possible. This dessert was put together in her head while Sally was walking around M&S Food Hall trying to work out what would go with the Coconut yoghurt she had at home. Sally loves using small glass tumblers for various combinations of cake, fruit, yoghurt and chocolate, loosely based on a trifle.

Ingredients

200g raspberries

1 x Raspberry & Coconut loaf (I used Marks and Spencer)

1 x 450g tub Rachel’s Organic Greek Style Coconut Yoghurt

1 Twirl bar (or other choc bar of your choice!)

4 small glass tumblers

Raspberry Coconut Tumbler Dessert

Raspberry Coconut Tumbler Dessert

Method

  1.  At the bottom of each tumbler, arrange a layer of sponge cake.
  2. Add a layer of raspberries, keeping 8 raspberries back to decorate the top.
  3. Next, add a thick layer of the coconut yoghurt.
  4. Finally, decorate with the leftover raspberries and pieces of the Twirl (or other) bar.
  5. Refrigerate until needed.
  6. Enjoy!

We would love to hear if you tried this recipe and any quick dessert recipes you have come up with.

Sally & Jane

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Can’t find the time to start decluttering?

I have been piling paper on my desk over the last few months. It is mostly filing but some of it needs me to act on it.   In June and July, I was really busy at work and just did not have headspace to deal with anything that didn’t need immediate attention.  That excuse ran out nearly 2 months ago but I am still putting paper on my desk and NOT filing or phoning or whatever else I need to do.  I am now using a new excuse, the famous ‘ I will get to it later’,  Well, guess what, ‘later’ just never seems to turn up.

 

A few days ago, I was going through my Inbox as usual in the evening. I subscribe to quite a few blogs and websites and quite often click through to see interesting content and videos.  I had spent about 20 minutes skimming through blog articles and 5 minute videos when I suddenly had an ‘aha’ moment. I realised that I hadn’t read anything in detail or taken in much information – I was just wasting time!  And a question from a motivation video I watched recently came back to me – ‘Is this activity helping me to move forward with my goals?’.  And I answered myself… ‘Umm, no, it’s not at all!’.

 

So I immediately shut down Outlook and decided to spend 10 minutes or so working through the paper on my desk. Within a short period of time, I had filed several items and shredded or put in the recycling bin another few.  I have decided to just keep doing this for 10 minutes each day until the piles are gone.  The important thing for me is to NOT open Outlook or I get diverted.  So looking at my emails is going to be the reward for tackling the paper pile!   Do you have any ‘wasting time’ activities that you could cut down on or use as a reward for tackling what really needs to be done?

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I have also started using the few minutes while my PC boots up to shred a few pieces of paper from my husband’s shredding pile that never seems to go down. You can find little bits of time everywhere once you start looking – while the kettle boils, ad breaks on TV, while the casserole is cooking and so it goes on.

 

In other words, we all have ‘time’, even if it’s only 10 minutes a day. Using regular little bits of time can make a big difference over weeks and months.   How do you eat an elephant?  One bit at a time!

 

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