No way am I getting up before 7:00 to put the bins out for them to
collect at 7:05.
Just as well they have hybrid collection trucks and they are running on
electric at that time, they might wake me up if they are running engines.
Around my way
Black bag for general waste (landfill) - buy your own bags
Pink bag for mixed recycled waste - bags supplied by council
Small container for food waste - container and small biodegradable
lining bags supplied by council
Large container for paper - council supplied
Broken down card also collected.
White bags for recycled clothing which are often never collected so the
next week they get stuffed into the black bags. I see very few white
bags being put out these days.
A generalised observation:
Around 1 in 20 put out a food waste container. If the wind is blowing
many of these emptied containers will end up elsewhere!
Many people seem to leave their paper waste until the containers are
full so perhaps 1 in 6 have these containers are put out for any one
Garden waste is an optional, additional, paid for service at around £50
a year and buy your own wheelie bin from the contractor (£30) or
alternatively put your garden waste into a pre-paid branded bag at
around 65p a time.
I agree. It would be a very good idea if there were standard colours for
specific types of waste, and standard items that can be collected at the
roadside and/or recycling centres.
Moving from one area to another means learning a new council's rules - in
some areas, normal waste is a black bin, in others it is green. In some
areas they will take tin cans and paper (as opposed to cardboard), in other
areas they won't.
Some councils charge extra for garden waste at the roadside, and rubble /
broken plant-pots etc at the recycling centre.
I'd like to see a national standard for bin colours and what is collected,
with no additional per-load charge for items that are taken to the tip (ie
all covered by council tax),
I'd also like to see weekly collections of normal waste. Many times I've had
to make a special journey to the recycling centre to take packaging etc
which will not fit in the normal-waste bin, or even to take additional
cardboard boxes. tin cans, glass etc which will not fit in the very small
crate and even smaller bag for cardboard. Having to dismantle and rip up and
fold carboard boxes to make the fit in the bag is not acceptable: the bin
should be large enough to take these without putting the householder to the
hassle of making it fit.
It is fine to encourage people to recycle more, but all households generate
a certain amount of waste on average, and it all needs to be removed -
whether in the normal bin or the recycling bin. There seems to be a school
of thought that we should magically produce less waste, even of the
I'm all for encouraging people to recycle rather than landfill, by carrot
rather than stick by making it easy to recycle rather than difficult/costly
to landfill. But expecting people to reduce the *total* amount of waste is
ludicrous. If something comes boxed, you have to get rid of the box - and
you don't have the option of saying "supply this item in clean, pristine,
undamaged condition but with less packaging" - the packaging is the means of
making sure the item is clean/undamaged.
Then modify your buying habits to include items with less packaging or
suffer the consequences and so we suffer your moans.
I have never had an issue with size of bins, even when our children have
been in disposable nappies.
If this is making you consider your lifestyle choice, so be it. It can
only be a good thing.
Has it occurred to you that your local council's provision may be very
different from NY's?
The pilot scheme our council ran for a couple of years had a blue
plastic create that took a smaller range of stuff, and separate bags for
paper and card. They made recycling some things significantly more
difficult than the current scheme with a large wheelie bin that takes
pretty much any recyclable.
Indeed, the best step they took here was to get rid of the plethora of
bins for this/that/the other and the list of banned items (yoghurt pots,
butter tubs, tetrapaks, window envelopes, cardboard with sellotape on
it) and just take all the recycling in one bin ...
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