- Oct 15, 2017
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- mid-Michigan, USoA
i've had interesting and painful experiences with fiberglass that i won't go on about here... i normally avoid it and all plastics for any exerior uses unless i know that item is going to eventually end up in the recycle bin.I have proof that fiberglass deteriorates in the sun. It breaks down into tiny fibers that are nearly impossible to get out of your hands.
Wood breaks, yes, it isn't a big job for me to replace a wooden handle.
i like that when wood/steel breaks it can be used for other things, recycled or left to rot and the worms/etc take care of it. fiberglass, the recycling people will not take it in the curbside bins, but i'm not sure if they'll take it at the transfer station when they have their drop off for toxic stuff and other odd materials like electronics.
a metal handle and blade at least can be recycled, we have at least one of those kind of shovels here. i don't use it often.
maybe some year they'll make ceramic alloy shovels that can be recycled and they can all be taken back and ground up and turned into roads or new shovels or something... if the handle is a thin layer of metal and then primarily air foam stiff rubberlike stuff filled and that could also be turned into other things or reused when it reached it's end of life. it seems like around here i can always find a use for a pole.
what is really funny is this thread started before i got into reading a series of books and at one point in the books some characters get stuck in a snowstorm and have to clear the pathway/road to get back out and they end up using the front and back of a harp case to carve some shovels.