On Sun, 27 Jan 2019 10:48:17 +0000, Serena Blanchflower
Post by Serena Blanchflower
Rumour has it that the council is going to start taking bottles but, at
the moment, someone takes those to the bottle bank for me, every so often.
This is the thing that frustrates me most about the different local
authorities around the UK. When I lived in Hudds, I could put pretty
much anything in my single recycling bin.
When I moved here, we had a box for glass, cans & plastic and another
for paper & cardboard and I think we could put clothing in there at
one point. Ma's council did paper, card, plastic and cans, but not
bottles. Now I'm back to a single bin for anything deemed recyclable
and a food waste caddy. According to the figures for the first 6
months of our new system, (unsurpisingly) recycling rates have
increased and non-recycable has reduced significantly, even though we
now pay for garden waste collections and people who don't choose to
pay for that will put garden waste in the landfill bin.
The more restrictions and complications council waste services put on
what will or won't be collected, the less likely people are to bother
about sorting stuff. Although "young people" are more likely to think
that "older people" are ruining the planet, many of them are really
not that bothered about environmental matters. When I used to talk to
the apprentices about recycling or low energy bulbs, their reaction
was "Not my problem, can't be bothered".
At least Sir David has managed to get people interested again, but I
still take issue with the term "single use" plastic. The only real
single use plastic is immediate food wrapping - the plastic round a
pizza or the bag that the box of tomatoes comes in, or things like
cotton buds, razors and deoderant bottles. I reuse bottles and
punnets and straws for all kinds of stuff. And why does water get
more of a bad reputation for coming in plastic bottles than fizzy pop?
It's more likely that people will reuse a water bottle for water than
one that had brown fizzy stuff in it. Yet more people drink more
fizzy brown stuff than drink bottled water.