Rufus Laggren wrote:When I'm in SF I have spent much of my time on boats. Most of the harbors had recycle areas next to the garbage bins. Since (almost - huh!) everybody dumps their garbage at least once a week, this actually worked pretty well with nobody lifting a finger. Lately gentrification has set in and harbors have come under pressure to make things look neat and white pickety fency. We shall see what happens going forward.
But the location near the garbage bin was, I believe, critical because the whole community did a walk-by at least once a week. It might be worth some considerable effort to install your idea such that the natural flow of traffic is as large as humanly possible. And now I think about it, that might take some ingenuity because I'm guessing your community uses individual garbage bins. Also, harbor people have (until recently) been laid back, live/let-live types and didn't feel upset by a few micowaves, toaster ovens, New York Time best sellers, the occasional bilge pump and ratty old fender stacked next to the garbage bin. That type of stuff might not make it as yard ornaments at the entrance to your community. Well, maybe folks will have enough curiosity to mosey over to some discreet shed. Hah! I got it. At least half the people seem to have dogs to walk, so put it right at/near a choke point where all the dog walkers pass by.
> share tools
Don't even think about trying to do it right unless you got nothing else to do with your life. Treat it like any recycle item and just count it as good enough when they all disappear.
Wiley Fry wrote:(And yeah, definitely no illusions about running a tool library. I barely let my husband use my tools until he's proven that he knows how to use them and where to put them back.)
Joel Bercardin wrote:Intriguing that you write this. Did you happen upon my post starting a (fairly brief) thread about cooperative shops? (wood, metal small-engine workshop idea) ??? I co-founded one such place.
I've been an experimenter and, beyond our homestead here, I'm still involved in our local community, such as local environmental work. PM me if you're interested in exchanging some thoughts, aspirations, observations.