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Things that shouldn't happen #26

From time to time the Vale Council decides to have a blitz on recycling: how they are missing their targets; which will cost money; which the Council taxpayers will have to pay. So - to increase the recycling rate the Vale decide that they will limit black bag collections to two per household per fortnight (except at Christmas - which was my suggestion when they did their consultation six months ago) Anyway, in the local paper today the Council is complaining that black bag refuse has fallen by 30 per cent. Hooray! But recycling tonnage has increased by the same amount. As a result they have not got enough recycling lorries and workmen to shift it all and collections are running a day late in some areas.

The council stopped short of admitting that they hadn't got round to thinking where all the black bag refuse might go to but an unnamed employee did say that the response from the public to limiting black bag collections had been unexpected and 'shockingly positive!' Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 11th Oct 2018 - 08:24PM   Posted by Fennie   Unintended Consequences Comments: 4

Fairy Nuff's Avatar LaughingLaughingLaughing

I think every one from councils and governments to manufacturers vastly underestimate Joe Public's eagerness to recycle and reduce plastic waste but we can't do it without them putting national and international initiatives in motion first.Rolling Eyes

We noticed in the Co-op the other night Heinz have just started putting their flavoured beans into thick plastic pouches instead of recyclable aluminium cans! Shocked

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 12th Oct 2018 at 10:23AM

Camilla's Avatar Exactly FN, goodness baked beans in plastic pouches I thought the nation was supposed to be going non plastic, the tins can be recycled.Blink

Posted by: Camilla on 12th Oct 2018 at 10:49AM

KitKatCot's Avatar I am an avid recycler.

I know that I annoy Himself by taking things out of the rubbish bin and putting them in the recycling bin and also taking things out of the recycling bin and putting them in the rubbish bin.

How things get in the wrong bin only he can sayRolling Eyes

Himself is of the opinion that it all goes into landfill whatever we do. I recycle anyway hoping that he's wrong. Although I'm not sure that he isSad

Posted by: KitKatCot on 12th Oct 2018 at 04:36PM

Fennie's Avatar Most plastic can be recycled to and made into no end of useful things - and if it can't be recycled it can be incinerated given the proper sort of incinerator. Plastic is only modified oil and so gives off plenty of heat for space heating or hot water or even generating electricity. It has to be the right incinerator though as otherwise the burning plastic can give off cancerous dioxins. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 12th Oct 2018 at 04:42PM

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