When I was a kid back in the 1960's, we used to drive down route 81 in Pennsylvania as I recall.
All I can say is, stay away from the Tuesday dinner special. Our ancestors literally lived on a pile of their garbage. Our Native Americans were in touch with the land and never abused Mother Nature, right?
Well, it is a nice fantasy, but the reality is, they are pretty much like us evil Westerners.
We visited one Indian site nearby where they had made a mound of oyster shells over 50 feet high.
Today, we would "recycle" these shells to seed new oyster beds, particularly as the levels of calcium in the ocean declines.Other "Native Americans" would settle in one area and then exploit the natural resources until they were exhausted - and then move on to more fertile territory.The idea that certain peoples or races are more respectful of Mother Nature is something of a fraud.But getting back to the main point, is it better to replace or repair?A friend of mine harbors quaint notions in this regard.
"Mummy will send this to the man in town who will mend it! Apparently the mending-man can fix anything, although usually the things he fixes are never quite the same as new. Whenever you try to repair something, the end result is inevitably less than the item as-new. You unscrew a bolt, and you've made the threads that much looser. For things like trim pieces, small clips and screws are always getting broken - and often left out of the reassembly, as the cost and labor of chasing down every last screw is atrocious.