Today Gerry spent the morning recycling clay. We recycle about a quarter of a tonne each year. We keep all the scraps of clay, whether it is from turning or breakages (or even mistakes) in a large bin with water added. The clay mixes with the water and becomes very sloppy and soft. Then Gerry empties the clay onto a large plaster slab and allows it to dry out to a throwing consistency.
He puts it through the pugmill but has to mix it with a fresh bag of clay otherwise it would be too "short" and hard to throw with.
It's a messy job, but worth it if you have the space.