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National Curbside Recycling Strategy

Comment 27th August 2010

 

At my previous house, the local council would recycle (at the curbside collection scheme) the following items:

  • Plastic
  • Paper
  • Glass
  • Food/drink cans
  • Cardboard
  • Green waste (in a separate bin)

This resulted in my household only 'throwing out' a black bin liner that was around half full every week.  We took things like light bulbs and remote control batteries (etc.) down the local tip when we had enough to justify a journey. Things like old clothing (etc.) was sent to the local charity shop.

We moved house last year, and even though the move was only a few miles, we came under a different council.  This council only collected the following items:

  • Paper
  • Glass
  • Food/drink cans
  • Green waste (in a separate bin)

This resulted in the amount that we disposed of increased almost overnight.  I also sold my car (as we were closer to better public transport links), so I thought that I could kill 2 birds with one stone by going to the tip on my bike (get some exercise and do something good for the environment).  I was told that they only allowed vehicles into the tip (bikes don’t count) due to ‘health and safety’ concerns.  Now I know that the amount that I can carry on a bike is only small, but it was more to do with doing a little, rather than nothing at all.

After speaking to colleagues at work, I found that some people can recycle all of the above, others only some of the above and some can recycle all of the above AND cooked/uncooked food waste. I do find it strange that in this day and age, the amount that we can recycle varies depending upon where you live, surely it must cost more for each council to have an individual policy on curbside collection, rather than a national strategy / policy?  And why is it that there are no facilities to recycle plastic drink bottles (for example) on the high street?

Why does this matter?

 

By increasing the amount we recycle we increase the lifespan of our landfill sites, help hit EU targets (hence no fine) and should increase the amount of people employed in the recycling industry as their turnover and demand, should increase.

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