Recycling games dvds – follow-up

In my last blog I talked about sending off my son’s PC Games to Momox (based in Leipzig). Momox is one of several website companies that offer cash for dvds etc. I was a bit wary but wanted to give it a try.

I packed up the games and stuck on the postage label that you get from Momox. I chose to  use Hermes as my carrier – it’s free and you can drop off at any Hermes collection point, usually a local newsagents.   When I hadn’t heard anything from Momox after 10 days, I was concerned that the games had gone astray.  As the parcel was going to Germany, it wasn’t possible  to track it  via the Hermes online system.  In the end, I contacted Momox by email and they told me that it can take up to 3 weeks for parcels to arrive.  They did reply promptly and in English so their customer support seems very efficient.

Sending off PC Games to a reselleer

Recycling PC Games

Finally, after 2 and half weeks, I got an email to say that they had received my parcel. 4 items were rejected. You have a choice as to whether to have them sent back for £12 or let them go for recycling.   One game I wasn’t surprised about as I had noticed while packing it that that part of the cover was missing but the others had all seemed to be in good condition.  And I had checked them, both when I originally checked their offer price and when packing.  The original price for all items would have been £26.16.  Once the 4 had been rejected, the total I received was £14.31.  Luckily I already had the box and bubble wrap from items we have ordered but if I had had to pay for a box etc, then frankly it would not have been worthwhile doing.  Oh, and I didn’t have the 4 rejects sent back!

So, I feel good that I have recycled the games rather than adding to landfill but I am not sure that I would use Momox again. Next week I will be reporting on a different company as my husband has said that I can dispose of all his CDs!.

 

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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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