If you are planning to survive the worst-possible disaster, you are going to have to recycle.
Everything you have in your possession will have to last you indefinitely. You will also have to forage for what else you need. This is because there will be no supply trucks running, there will be civil unrest, crime waves in the cities and destruction from natural disasters. If you’re going to make it long term, you will have to recycle.
Here are some common items that you will need to hold on to:
Pots and Pans – Cast aluminum and cast iron pots and pans like Dutch ovens are your best bet for cooking in survival conditions. These will last for YEARS. Next on the preferable list are stainless steel pots and pans. Teflon pans are less desirable because they will eventually wear down to bare metal and are much thinner than the cast ones.
Aluminum Foil and Pans – These are used mainly for cooking. They can be cleaned and reused until totally worn out.
Clothing and Footwear – During prolonged post disaster situations, clothing will wear out and children will eventually outgrow their own clothing and shoes. With no stores available for new clothes, hand-me-downs will be the norm along with bartering for clothing that fits. If you have children, it is recommended that you have extra clothing on hand that are a couple of sizes larger than they are now. The same thing goes for shoes and boots.
Plastic Bags – You need trash bags to zip-lock bags. Save them all because they can be used many times until they are completely worn out. You will want to stock a variety of sizes in your survival cabinet.
Paper – All sorts from newspaper to writing paper. You need to save it because it has multiples uses from taking notes to starting fires.
Glass Jars – They come in all shapes and sizes, are more durable than plastic and have multiple uses like canning your fruits and vegetables. Save all of them. If they break, be sure to save the lids. Broken glass can be used for defense.
Rope and String – Save all types from cotton to hemp to nylon. They have multiple uses during survival conditions.
Furniture – Once furniture is totally worn out, parts can be used as clothing, for insulation, and for making newer furniture or firewood. Also, with your sewing skills you can take the furniture fabric and curtains and make clothes to wear.
Tin Cans – These also come in all shapes and sizes and have multiple uses. Also be sure to store a good strong pair of tin-snips.
Lumber – Besides dimensional lumber, you need crates and pallets. Abandoned lumber yards and old houses are a great source for lumber used to build survival projects.
Nails, Screws, Bolts & Nuts – Unless you have had the foresight to store a supply beforehand, you will have to take them out of old buildings, and re-straighten the nails to use for survival building.
Wire – From bailing wire to electrical wire, you need to save it all. Wire has multiple uses that will come in handy after a disaster.
These are just a few of the many items you will have to recycle. In a post disaster situation, you will run out of everyday items that we take for granted. Even though some of this stuff you might not use, you can always use it for bartering later on. Using your survival knowledge, you can come up with all sorts of ideas for using these items in survival conditions.