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sean
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 04 11:07 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

The order of the mantra is reduce, re-use, recycle for a reason.

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
Posts: 14971
Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 04 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think reducing is one of the best ideas, because so much of of it is so unecessary in the first place, so it wouldn't make much difference to most people. but unless you start charging, people will just carry on. I bet if you had to pay for carrier bags, then string bags would start appearing all over the place. I have had a go at ocado, because of their shocking underpacking (you frequently get a bag with one thing in!) And they bring it into your house in a plastic box anyway. I'd rather they tipped the stuff out onto the floor - it's not as if I' taking it anywhere from the kitchen. They could use paper bags if their really think their customers are going to make that much of a fuss! I'd also be happy for them to leave the box, and be fined if I didn't return it. Or you could have the bags for life, and simply be charged for every one you don't return (they are cotton)

I think the key to controling dumping is regular collection. In spain, it's not a system, but where you put your rubbish for collection. It's the culture that means people help themselves. They are shocking at dumping though, and people who don't have collection points just chuck their stuff off cliffs and things. Some you win......

Becki



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 6293
Location: Devon
PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 04 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

For a family of 5 1 box collection every other week os not enough. I am fed up seeing bits of paper floating around our house. We need another box!

Sarah D



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 04 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Your coundil will supply you with another box, but will probably charge for it. Otherwise, could you just put it out in a cardboard box, alongside the other one, then the whole thing could go at once.
We brought our last box with us when we moved here, and have two. topically, the recycling lorry is emptying ours right at this minute - can you hear them?!

sean
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 04 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Missed them, my speakers were on mute....

Sarah D



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 04 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The noise they make, you shouldn't need your speakers on.................
Believe it or not, some people complain about the noise of the stuff going into the bins in the lorry.....................

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
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Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 04 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Some people will complain about anything. My sister in law is wheelchair bound, and the people in her building complained about her having a ramp fitted so that she could get into her flat! She's a solicitor, and sorted them out though! I must empty my paper basket actually, it reached overflowing about a month ago!

High Green Farm



Joined: 30 Nov 2004
Posts: 349
Location: Mid-Suffolk
PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 04 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mid-Suffolk DC is moving to a two bin regime at the moment. One for non-recylable and one for recyling, and the collections will alternate each week.

Only problem is we won't get it until September 2006!

alison
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Joined: 29 Oct 2004
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Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 04 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thats all right, we have one of our bins, and not the other yet, although we have had about 5 letters telling us about it coming, and our drive is too long for us to have to use one anyway!!

culpepper



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
Posts: 638
Location: Kent
PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 04 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We're in Maidstone and dont get paper,cardboard,plastic or tins collected for recycling.This last year we have been given a box for glass to be collected every second week and we can buy green bags to fill with garden waste to be collected the other week.Other than that its the ordinary rubbish collection or take it to a recycling bank by the supermarket.
I'd be happy with just a paper collection as we only get the free papers and still end up with piles of them even though we do reuse them in crafts.
There is a large rubbish collection about once in 6 weeks where you can haul your broken furniture etc,it used to be a skip (which we raided ) We have managed to rescue 1 or 2 bits that nearly got crushed and found a home for them.
In Holland they have plastic bottle collections in supermarkets and nearly everyone has sturdy shopping bags,we bought some when we were there and have used them ever since.

alison
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 04 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

This week, at last, we have been left our green bins. The stupidity of it all was that we couldn't leave it not in the bins and bags, while we were waiting for them.

If you cannot put your milk carton lids into your recycle box then McDonalds, EAstern Way, Barnstaple are collecting them for a girls wheelchair, if you want to send some there.

Just got to sort out the junk mail now.

Guest






PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 04 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

our council have just started supplying us with orange bags into which goes everything paper,glass and plastic all together then you put it out with the normal rubbish on bin day, the clever part i think is there is two bin collections one picks up the orange bags the other the normal rubish and as the rubbish trundles off to the landfill the orange bags are taken to a sorting station and tipped out on to a table where people are paid to sort it for recycling. we can put out as many orange bags aswe like, it takes no time for us to do as we just bought a second kitchen bin for the orange bag so we now recycle everything and we now only have about 1 rubbish bag a week and orange bags. it works great and as far as i can see everyone wins in the end.

alison
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 04 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have two bins in our kitchen, and then sort the recycle bin to futher sections once outside.

Aeolienne



Joined: 03 Apr 2008
Posts: 1485
Location: Leamington Spa, Warks
PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 11 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I wish that everything that could be made from recycled materials was. It's ridiculous that virgin wood pulp is used for wiping bottoms.

Katieowl



Joined: 01 Jun 2006
Posts: 4317
Location: West Wales
PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 11 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
sean wrote:
Batteries are my main wish


Me too. I kept hold of old batteries for years waiting for them to recycle. They seem the most obvious as they don't take much to collect and can contain very toxic chemical. In then end I had to bin them as I was told by our council that no one recycles them in this country.


Do you mean small domestic batteries? If so LOTS of shops seem to have a collection tub these days....Boots IIRC has one on the counter here, Aldi have one, and I think I've seen one at the farm co-op shop here too. I've taken to putting them in a small bag in my hand bag, and dropping them in when I notice a tub.

Kate

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