Recycle your retired climbing rope with Sterling

9:51 p.m. on January 13, 2010 (EST)
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Send Sterling your retired dynamic climbing ropes from any manufacturer and Sterling will have it recycled for you through its Rope Recycling Initiative.

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10:28 p.m. on January 13, 2010 (EST)
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Re: Sterling will recycle your retired climbing rope

Ok, good on them! Now, what is the cheapest way to get the ropes to them for recycling? Can I just take a stack of ropes to their booth at the OR Show next weeK (probably not)? Given that a rope is a few pounds and somewhat bulky, I suspect that sending it all the way to Maine isn't exactly free. Their website doesn't say anything about "free shipping" the way HP and some other electronic firms do (HP has a label inside the box of new laser toner cartridges to put the used one in the box and just drop it at the nearest UPS store, and a plastic bag mailer for ink-jet cartridges, plus here in Palo Alto, we can take old electronics - computers, printers, TVs, stereo gear, etc - to several places that take e-waste, including Goodwill, GreenWaste - our trash collection service, and a couple companies that come to the doorstep once a month each).

11:03 p.m. on January 13, 2010 (EST)
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Re: Sterling will recycle your retired climbing rope

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*Note: From time to time, select Authorized Sterling Rope Retail partners will be offering a Redemption Incentive program in addition to our ongoing efforts.

What's Next?
Going forward, Sterling Rope would like to make our rope recycling service available at ALL major climbing events and festivals! In an effort to minimize the amount of transportation that the retired ropes go through to get back to us, we feel these events are the perfect place to consolidate ropes as the climbers will already be traveling to the venue, thus eliminating a "special" trip to a store just to recycle a cord. So, keep your eyes peeled at the next comp or festival!

Of course, we encourage reusing rope on your own to make dog leashes, rugs, and tie-downs; however, please be sure a retired rope is never used as a life-safety line. Also, know that countless miles of rope is produced every year between all of the various brands so simply reusing the old rope is not enough to reduce it's impact on our environment.

Together we can make a difference!

Please email if you have any questions or comments.

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