A week into being greener and it was rubbish day in my street yesterday. Last week I put out two black household rubbish and one piddly recycle bag that was very lonely. I am happier with my recycling efforts this week and managed two recycle bags though still had two black bags this week.
The past week I have become a recycle fiend, looking at every bit of rubbish and pouncing on the children when they go near the rubbish bin to inspect what they are throwing away. The compost bin is getting â€˜fedâ€™ regularly with veg peelings so I feel happier with that. I am though rather angry with plastic. What I didnâ€™t know and fast learning is that I canâ€™t put all my plastic from all the packaging into the recycle bin. If I could do that I think I would be down to one black bag a week easily.
It depends on your local council and what they can accept so check that out first. Paper, cans, glass and aerosol cans can be put out for collection in those nifty little recycle bags they give you. Plastic though is a bit more hard work. They happily take plastic bottles but things like bags, ready-meal food trays, yogurt pots, margarine pots etc are not allowed as they are made of different kinds of plastic. So the council wonâ€™t take them as they donâ€™t have the resources to sort them once they have picked them all up. Couldnâ€™t we adopt a system like New Zealand has where all plastics have a number and recycle bins have numbers too so itâ€™s easier to work out what can be recycled where?
Although I am rather peeved that I canâ€™t recycle more of the plastic stuff, I am slowly getting to grips with what goes in which recycle bag so at least I am making progress.
I am quite proud to report that I saved a tree. No mouth to mouth resuscitation or anything like that was needed. Clearing out under the bed and a cupboard I managed to accumulate a stack of magazines almost a meter high. After digging further into the unknown world of the back of the cupboard, one Argos book and an old yellow pages got the magazine stack to a metre high. According to the green boffins, recycling a metre high of paper saves a tree.
So baby steps with the recycling, giant steps with the compost bin and great delight that early seedlings have started to sprout. I am yet to convince the children that being greener is fun.