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Further to my thread months ago I am still feeling cross at the ineptitude of our recycling system. Maybe your town is better but here we have a big plastic box for card and paper, pink sacks for tins, glass, foil and plastic.

Well the plastic boxes blow around in high winds and mine disappeared fairly quickly. I used a couple of my own but they took the whole box and I cannot afford a new one every week!

(Surely it makes more sense for the box to contain glass and the pink sacks for card and paper).

Then, I watched the dustmen pick up the pink sack and household rubbish and bung them both in same rubbish lorry and squash....so much for my careful washing and separating.

Even the next door council does it differently. Why on earth can't we have a better system that is nationwide with everyone singing from the same hymn sheet.

Lynibis
7 months ago
What do you think of this?
AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi7 months ago

I saw a documentary and they shown if u not wash out the milk, yogurt....etc from the plastic, it can not be recycled...so who wash them? If I just think of all of them....coke bottles, juice bottles, milk bottles, shampoo, shower gel, household chemical bottles....none of them can be used again if it is not washed....

I do not believe in this one time used plastic brainwash thing....I am sure any plastic can be re-used again in some way....

Some rich....politician...trashed the plastic into the sea and than made the people pay tax because of it...not even telling USA do not believe in these things.

The best would be to get back to the 80`s when all juice and drinks came in glass and we could return them...that was my pocket money....so the manufacturer washed them....filled them again and we bought it again.

The vegetables and fruits were not in plastic....contamination was not an issue that time...so why it is now? It means all the vegetables and fruits have chemicals on them and if they touch each other they will be bad?

I want to recycle in the right way......but what is it? How it should be done? And why I should do it....They used to employ people to separate the rubbish and because of this free recycling system they lost their job.

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KirstyW
KirstyW7 months ago

Its funny how each council does it differently, we have a green plastic bin which is for paper/card and glass then a big green bag which takes plastic, aerosols, tins, foil and they have recently introduced kerb side garden waste collection

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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7 months ago

With garden waste we can either buy recyclable bags (£6.90 for 10) and leave them on the kerb, or we can buy a large green wheelie bin but have to pay the council a fee every year to empty it.

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KirstyW
KirstyW6 months ago

Lynibis id rather take it to the tip myself if that was the case. I forgot to add we have a little blue bin for food waste

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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6 months ago

KirstyWaddell I do sometimes go to the local tip but I do find it a struggle now I am older climbing those rickety metal stairs and heaving a sack over the top lol!

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KirstyW
KirstyW6 months ago

Lynibis yea i don't blame you, the amount we pay in council tax there should be more done kerbside

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ClaireF1978
ClaireF19787 months ago

It is ridiculous that your services aren't better than that. We have a blue wheelie bin for cardboard and plastic bottles and a black box for tins, glass, clothing etc. If you have any extra glass bottles etc you can order a second box for free, which most people have. I guess it all depends which party are in charge at your local council and what their priorities are. If you're really keen, you could take things to your local household recycling centre where everything is much more organised.

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ACR
ACR6 months ago

Recycling in the UK is a bit of a joke. There needs to be a complete rethink on how things are done.

This is an interesting article on recycling - The price of plastics has plummeted to the extent that it isn’t worth recycling - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/17/plastic-recycling-myth-what-really-happens-your-rubbish

As AgnesFaludi mentioned above, a single contaminated material can end up sending an entire batch of recyclables to landfill. This article provides a list of contaminates - https://www.roadrunnerwm.com/blog/what-is-recycling-contamination

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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6 months ago

I totally agree. They don't seem to take it seriously at all. Half hearted at best and recycling could be done so much better if they put some thought and effort in it. Also the general public make no effort to recycle properly. I knew someone who proudly said they recycle everything and never put a black household sack out. Quite surprised when I told him a few of the things you can't recycle!

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Mango4
Mango46 months ago

Random best describes the efforts of my Local Council,

Residents don't know what to recycle and what not to as their seem to be no pattern, this week alone, we placed some old summer T shirts in the recycling box and they are supposed to collect old clothing , the box was emptied and the T shirts thrown back on the pavement next to it.

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