Here at Recycle Technology, we’re used to disposing of electrical equipment that has passed it’s sell by date. Our philosophy is ‘don’t waste it, recycle it!’ All the equipment we receive is refurbished and resold or broken down to component level and then recycled.

That’s all well and good for something the size of a computer, but how do you recycle something much bigger? The size of airplane for example?

12,000 aircraft are due to be decommissioned by 2020, and up to a further 3,000 are estimated to have been abandoned around the world. How do you begin to recycle that amount of aircraft? Very often, they’re just left in huge parking lots – almost airplane graveyards. But we’ve uncovered a fascinating blog on CNN.com, which details a more novel way of giving used aircraft “a second life.”

California-based MotoArt are turning deconstructed aircraft into fashionable, sleek and aspirational pieces of furniture. They make everything from beds, chairs and sculptures to executive desks and conference tables, and take orders from all over the world.

If you’re after something a bit quirky, then German manufacturers boardbar, have started to revamp airline trolleys, turning them into decorative furniture and customizing them with funky designs. Another German company, Skypak, have started selling “blinged up” trolleys, with their Luxury Crystal trolley, comprising a former drinks trolley covered in 82,000 Swarovski crystals! Skypak trolleys can go for over £20,000 – not bad for something that would probably have gone to a scrap heap!

But what about the planes themselves? What do you do with something that big?

Some very clever designers have found ways to turn decommissioned planes into everything from boats, to hotels and even family homes!

Wing House in Malibu, California, was designed by architect David Hertz, out of a Boeing 747 for a client who wanted a home that utilised “curvilinear, feminine shapes.”

Other homeowners are less aesthetically minded. Bruce Campbell from Oregon, moved into a structurally untouched Boeing 727, that had been turned into a home on the inside.

Some people enjoy the idea of living in a plane, but for many others the novelty might wear off after a while. For those who want to spend a night in a converted aircraft however, there are numerous options. From the luxurious Costa Verde hotel in the heart of the Costa Rican rainforest, to the budget hostel Jumbo Stay at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport.

And if all else fails, then you can sink the aircraft into the sea, and create a new habitat for reef dwelling marine life, as the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia chose to do with a Boeing 737. Plane interiors are even being stripped down and turned into fashion accessories, by British retailer Worn Again and many others.

We might not be able to recycle something the size of a jumbo jet, but we think it’s great to see aircraft getting a second life and not just turned into disused scrap metal.

For smaller recycling jobs however, we’re the perfect solution