Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New recycling scheme

I've not really done anything today, so I'm just going to talk about the only new thing going on right now...

Our local council has FINALLY decided to start up a proper recycling scheme. There have been a couple of places you can take recyclables to for several years, but you need a car to get to them, and it's quite a treck, so most people don't bother. I mean, some people don't have the time or the means to run a car full of recyclables however many miles it is to the nearest recycling centre. Most of the councils nearby figured this out several years ago. I mean, the council my parents are under (which is only the next one over) has had a recycling scheme for more than six years (I know definately six, but not sure how many more than that... I can't remember). Admittedly they recently revised the scheme and put limits on how much of each thing they will pick up. But they've still had a scheme for years. Our scheme is due to start on December 1st.

I just wish they were clearer on some of what goes in which bin. I also wish they weren't starting it right on top of Christmas... Can't they give us a bit of time to get used to this rather than throwing it at us just as we're heading in to the part of the year when it will be hardest to keep to the limits of how much of each thing they'll pick up per week? Ah, well... At least they're making an effort now. ;)

Tori

12 comments:

Punkn said...

Recycling is definitely a GOOD thing! Glad to hear they are making an effort. I hope the program improves with clear guidelines as things move forward.

Celticspirit said...

Your post is a good reminder! We've lived here for 7 months and I have no idea what type of recycling plan (if any) is in place here. I've seen no bins outside so I don't know what they do here and I need to look into it. Between the two of us we have very little trash but I'm sure I could cut it down more by recycling.

KAYLEE said...

DAMN PEOPLE!

ChicagoLady said...

I find it interesting that they would encourage you to recycle, but then limit how much of each thing you can recycle. Most companies here in the US that offer both trash and recycling, just give you a bin (or you buy/rent it) and you put however much in it that you can fit, of whatever is accepted by them as recyclable.

At least they're taking that first step and offering it to everyone as a curbside program.

LadyStyx said...

That first step's better than nothing at all. They should have started it a bit sooner because you're right...at the top of Christmas isnt the best timing for it. Only thing I can think of is that maybe they're wanting to see how it's gonna worst possible time so they can see where adjustments MUST be made...instead of getting a program going and then have insufficient sources later and no way to fix it.

MarmiteToasty said...

We are HUGE recyclers in this house... on EVERYTHING.. it is very rare nowadays that I have to even bin something that someone else could find use for....

We have the recycle scheme and have a huge wheelie bin the same as our dustbin... ya can put anything paper, cardboard, tin or plastic containers in there... almost anything except polythene or glass.....

We also have a compost bin where all veggie peelings and garden clippings are put in..

We chickens and cats tend to eat any table leftovers....

We take all glass to the glass bin outside our community centre...

and I ebay many other bits and bobs and if things dont go on there then the next stop is the charity shops.... and freecycle.... one mans rubbish is anothers treasure...

Our bins only get emptied every other week and the recycle bin every other week inbetween... the think is my bin is only ever half full anyways, and sometimes not even that... cos I mainly cook from scratch so dont have all the rubbish that comes with processed food etc....

With the recycle bin we are also given a huge green sack thing that any garden waste can be put in to be recycled at the recycling plant, NO garden clippings of any sort are allowed in the normal rubbish bin....

Oh, and we eat a lot of lentils and I love going barefoot so does that make me an old hippy lol

x

MarmiteToasty said...

ps...... once you get into the swing of things it just becomes second nature :)...

x

Intense Guy said...

Wow. If we all did what Marmite does, we could even save the planet.

I hardly make any trash (at home or at work). The "big wheelie bin" only goes out to the curb about every 3d week and normally its only 3/4 full even then.

MarmiteToasty said...

curb = kerb LMFAO

x

Tori_z said...

Punkn:
It'll probably take them a couple of years to sort out the program properly. But, at least they've made the first step.

Celtic:
Glad my post was useful. :)

Chicago:
That's my issue with it... Especially since some of the limits are stupid. For a single person, a couple with no kids, and "maybe" a family with only one child... OK, it's doable. But how are large families meant to stick to those limits?

When they started the plan with the council my parents are under, they got given a huge wheely bin for general rubbish, another for recyclables, and another for glass stuff because they wanted that seporate. They also got a compost bin. They still have the big bin for general rubbish, and still have the compost bin, but the big recyclables bin has changed to three little bags for the seporate things... Bags about the size of the canvas ones some people use for groceries. They still have the wheely bin for the recyclables... Nobody ever took it back... But they're not allowed to use it.

They gave us a little bucket type thing for food waste, some blue bags for recyclables (I think we're allowed up to 2 per week of those) and told us we're only allowed up to 2 bags a week of general trash. The bags (blue for recyclables, black for general rubbish) will be collected on alternate weeks. Like I said, sticking to it with just the two of us will be no problem. For the most part it's only 2 bags a week we fill even with everything going in the same one (sometimes more, but that's if we've had a lot of packages, got something for the house with lots of packaging - like a piece of flat pack furniture or something - or had a birthday). It's the families with kids I feel sorry for. Especially those with more than one kid young enough to be in nappies.

Styxie:
Yeah... Your theory could be right. Makes sense to me anyway.

Toasty:
I do reuse what can be reused. But sometimes the stuff really is rubbish... To everyone... LOL! I do take any unwanted stuff to charity shops rather than throwing them out though. Clothes that don't fit (or were brought for me and I can't stand them) and any other things we're aquired somehow but don't want... They all go to the charity shop. I know I could sell them on ebay, but I tend to just stuff them in bags and have them shipped off to a charity shop. Maybe it's my way of trying to help out people who need it? Or, maybe I just can't be bothered with the fuss of putting the stuff on ebay? *Shrugs* Whichever it is, they end up at the charity shop.

Iggy:
Yeah, we could... I doubt it will happen any time soon though. Maybe one day, but not just yet.

Tori_z said...

Oh yeah.. We also have some green bags for "garden waste"

Kaylee said...

:)