Since so many of us are describing what our local council is doing,
here's a report for (parts of) Halton Borough (Runcorn & Widnes)
Black wheely bin for landfill
Green wheely bin (garden waste) collected fortnightly between spring and
Blue small wheelybin for paper, card, metal, glass, plastic collected
Low-cost compost bins available online (we have 2)
Nett result is that we usually have about 1 carrier bag full of waste to
go in the landfill per week, with everything else being composted or
sent for recycling.
Sadly, I have to confess that we have more than this. 9x% of our putresibles
go to the home composters along with all garden waste ( other than trees
which I've had to knock down last year). I thankfully found a neighbour with
a wood burning stove that was keen to collect the big bits!
For many years, we have always taken separated white/ green/ brown glass to
separate collection facilities when going shopping. The local council
collect all glass in one and thereby reduce the value. The local Tesco which
we use most frequently has now gone on to common collection of all glass.
Most annoying as clear glass has a value in the UK whilst the other two do
not - not quite true but green and brown of lower value.
With the over-persecution of plastic bags now, I can see a wonderous new
product being sold for kitchen bins - bin-liner bags!
As is most "recycling". Cardboard seems to be recycled pretty
thoroughly, so I've no objection to paper/cardboard recycling since it's
fairly simple. Cans should also be recycled but I'm less sure that
councils treat them appropriately. The market is flooded with cullet so
"recycling" glass seems a complete waste of time. Firstly it's not much
of an environmental hazard. All Flesh is Grass, All Sand is Glass.
Secondly the major use for it nowadays seems to be as hardcore.
I had been fairly careful at work to use the bin marked for PET and
drinks cans since there seemed to be a fair chance these would b
recycled. Then I spotted the cleaner emptying both containers into the
same waste skip.
On Wed, 21 Jan 2009 16:49:07 -0000, "Fred Finisterre"
Are you sure it's really dead ?
"Dynamo" Hansen's CFL's last 20 years +
It's a Chinese Yellow, maybe it's just pining for it's homeland, the
place of it's birth on the banks of the Yangtze Kiang.
This recycling business seems to definitely be 'A work in progress'!
Here ANY fluorescent tube or CFL is NOT SUPPOSED to be put into
They are all (now) classed as 'Hazardous waste'.
However like anything also, one or two 'hidden' CFLs in the regular
garbage pickup go gaily on their way to end up in the dump (tip) and
be buried. (Along with regular light bulbs and everything else
including much bigger items!)
Particularly since there seems to be no procedure set up by the local
recycling depots to accept them!
However one or two 48 inch fluorescent tubes put out in the garbage
pickup were left by side of the road; don't know if that's how one got
'accidentally on purpose' broken, but have our suspicions. Based on a
couple of complaints about the occasional actions of one garbage
We now have three wheelie bins; one green for food / garden /
compostible waste that is emptied each week, the original grey one that
is not designated recyclables, and a purple lidded version for "rubbish"
- these are emptied each week in alternation. Instructions explicitly
say that all bulbs, and batts are to be thrown in the rubbish one and
not the recyclables. (Not sure how you are supposed to dispose of a long
tube though). Dog crap is apparently also rubbish and not compost. So
there is no consistency either.
I have 4 schemes to contend with -- mine, and 3 other family
households all in different council areas whose rubbish I
put out from time to time. They've all got completely different
rules about what can go in what bin, when they collect if it's
a bank holiday, etc.
There's some rule that requires councils to prevent batteries
going into landfill, which none seem to have complied with.
Ours was going to distribute post-paid envelopes to put used
batteries in so you post them back to the council, but that
never took off (I wouldn't be surprised if the Royal Mail
didn't like the idea of pillar boxes full of leaking batteries).
I notice some of the large customers I deal with in the City
have battery collection bins at work intended for their staff
to bring in all their dead batteries from home. I don't know
who organises that, but that's probably one of the cheapest
ways to collect them.
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We can get small bags for the Local Linck Centre (combined Library,
Tourist Information Center and Council (district and County) Information
Center). These are then dropped into the post, postage paid. To somewhere
in the Midlands.
Plastic is no longer the nasty it was, most, if not all is biodegradeable.
If it wasn't we would be up to our necks in supermarket bags considering
how many are used every year. Not sure when the change happened, we have
so old (10 year) supermarket bags that are still soft and useable yet ones
only a year or two old fall apart when you look at them. These bags have
been kept inside with things in, not buried outside.
Barnsley "four bins" council have
grey - rubbish
green - garden waste and cardboard (1)(2)
blue - paper (3)
brown - glass and cans
(1) the cardboard must not be thick cardboard
(2) the cardboard must not have come into contact with food
(3) no telephone directories
The grey bin goes out on alternate weeks to the other three bins.
The wheelie bin police do come around every now and again and have a look
inside the bins but never the grey bin.
The council did offer free composting bins at one point but as I believe
that composting nearly killed my Mum I am not a big fan of it.
We can stick thick cardboard in ours, but only board with no sticky tape
on it. Same as envelopes as long as you remove any windows, or gummed
edges! (i.e. sod that for a game of soldiers, they can go in the purple
Or maybe not!
The other day I noticed a large headline on one of the daily
publications sometimes called newspapers. Said something like all
domestic bins are going to be scrapped. We will have bigger bins serving
several properties - every 20 houses or whatever.
Struck me that there could be some advantages:
o Someone else is responsible for keeping them clean and working;
o Less of our garden occupied by bins;
o Possibly emptied more frequently;
o No rushing out with bins to catch the collection;
On the other hand:
o We don't want one next door to us;
o Can't imagine that, except in a few places, people will respect them
and use them all appropriately, quietly and tidily;
o I don't fancy having to walk down the street every time a bin needs
emptying. And partner can't.
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