Recycling in action

Ah, East Dunbartonshire council, how I love thee. After carefully putting out various bits of cardboard with this week’s recycling, your binmen carefully picked it out again (so it seems Tesco food-packaging cardboard is OK, but Amazon cardboard envelopes aren’t) and left it on the street.

So rather than do a 10-mile return journey in an estate car to take five bits of thick cardboard to the recycling centre, it’s all going in the bin.

Hurrah for recycling!

7 thoughts on “Recycling in action

  1. Squander Two says:

    They’d be the Amazon cardboard envelopes covered in recycling logos, yes?

    Our lot won’t take any cardboard that’s been used to package take-away food, even though every pizza box in the world has a big sign on it saying that it’s recyclable.

  2. Ben says:

    Gary, your old local authority refuse to touch anything that’s not in a wheelie bin, and after putting out the recycling box and bag and it being totally ignored twice in a row, I do the same.

    Utterly pointless. I’m stunned that the binmen now are picky about what they take. The world’s gone PC mad.

    Where’s my Daily Mail….?

  3. Stephen says:

    I will begin recycling when they implement single-stream recycling. It’s all up to them. And to incentivise them to do so, I’m continuing to throw everything into the same old bin…

  4. Squander Two says:

    Absolutely. What pisses me off the most about forcing individuals to sort their rubbish is it’s the least efficient way of doing it. What the hell is the point in recycling in an inefficient way?

  5. John Crowther says:

    That’s a bit shitty Gary – I hate hearing negative recycling experiences like that, which I do often.

    Squander Two – you may be interested in another processing method which some authorities are gettting involved in. It involves collecting cardboard and organic waste in brown wheelie bins and turning it into compost. I’m a bit happy about this as my authority, Derby City has introduced this to my house (one of the last areas in the city). You can put pizza boxes, food waste, garden waste, anything thats organic or foody, or cardboard or woody. The best thing is, you can get the resultant compost in bags at the garden centre,More info here: http://www.vitalearth.tv/CompostProcess.asp

  6. Squander Two says:

    John,

    That’s all very well, but my complaint is that the machine capable of extracting the organic elements from rubbish has existed for many years now, yet your local authority is not using that machine, instead asking you and your neighbours to sort out organic waste. Loads of stuff that would be picked out and recycled by a machine is missed by a human, and humans take far more time and effort than a machine.

  7. Stephen says:

    Agreed, the recycling instructions for the setup at work are more complicated than the average Sarbanes-Oxley compliance notice, and the thinking is the same: treat people like mindless machines. I just can’t be bothered to read through and interpret the list of what can and can’t go into which bin. It’s so obviously a task for a machine.

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