Estate agent in dilemma

PUBLISHED: 01:01 12 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:35 15 June 2010

I'm Roger Hemming and I run the estate agency of the same name in New Street, Honiton. I'm a great fan of recycling in general and I do try to do my bit, but I've now got something of a problem and I'm hoping that readers of the Midweek Herald might be

I'm Roger Hemming and I run the estate agency of the same name in New Street, Honiton. I'm a great fan of recycling in general and I do try to do my bit, but I've now got something of a problem and I'm hoping that readers of the Midweek Herald might be able to help me to overcome this. Over the last fifteen years or so, we've changed the designs of our estate agency boards three or four times and each time we've adopted a new design, the old boards become useless. As we've just moved to our new office, there's been a clear-out and I have a pile of 50 or so redundant estate agency boards, many in as-new condition. My problem is that I haven't a clue what to do with them. I know the easy answer is to take them to the nearest dump and for them to eventually go into landfill, but that isn't particularly green is it? I've asked the original manufacturers if these boards can be recyled, with little success. Whilst they're happy to collect them and dispose of them, the cost of doing so is prohibitive to us and, to be truthful, there's no guarantee that yet again they won't end up in landfill. I considered recently offering them to one of the local organised bonfires so they could be buried in the centre of their bonfire, but my conscience pricked me once again as they were bound to produce a vast cloud of foul smelling smoke, probably containing all manner of noxious chemicals.These boards are of the "correx" design, they're made of double skin polypropylene plastic and are quite tough. It seems such a shame and unbelievably irresponsible to simply bury these boards in a hole in the ground, so I wondered if there was any individual or organisation out there that might be able to make good use of them? They could be used to line and insulate a garden shed or perhaps for garden cloches. Any takers?Roger HemmingRoger Hemming estate agentsNew StreetHoniton


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