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Recycing At Home
Tue 29-Sep-09
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SOL
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I am looking for ideas of how to house/control our ever growing recycling.  It is taking over our dining area (small house).

Currently our council curb side collection includes

paper (weekly)

glass (weekly)

clothing (weekly)

plastic bottles (every fortnight)

yoghurt pots (every fortnight)

plastic meat packaging (every fortnight)

I have big ORANGE plastic boxes in my dining are which are UGLY.  Other than tranfering it out side, remembering we are in Autumn now, rain for the rest of the year and round to april it is going to carry on. 

So the question I am posing is how do you deal with all your recycling?

p.s. we dont have a utility room so there is no where to hide it

Tue 29-Sep-09
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Your council collects more than ours so you are lucky but I can imagine space wise it is a mixed blessing.  We are cruel, it is a treat for the children to walk with daddy to the recycling point near our local shops when it overflows in the house Embarassed

Tue 29-Sep-09
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Sebbie - I love your approach to child psychology!

S.O.L - crikey, that is a lot of recycling decisions. Next they will be asking you to sort newsprint by day of week, meat wrappers by beef/lamb/pork/chicken. We have only just had recycling into glass/cans/plastic introduced last year. I often wonder how much of it ends up in landfill anyway.

I don't have any suggestions, but I see your problem reflected in a lovely old-fashioned street in Newmarket. Two up two down terrace on both sides but pretty and quaint. Obviously they have no gardens or access to the rear because the ugly bins live on the street and have totally ruined it. There must be balance and this recycling initiative sometimes has very adverse effects.

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Tue 29-Sep-09
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Yeah our council are making a real effort and I think it is going well.  I havent heard that anywhere around here they are snooping in the bins

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/8037326.stm

I saw another area on the BBC yesterday but I cant find the link right now.  It was about people who looked like hoodies were stealing old ladies bin bags.  But it turned out it is the council checking people are recycling.

what with all the junk mail paper that comes through the letter box.  We are on one of those preferential thingies.  But royal mail actually put things through our door with any other mail that is addressed to us.  this I could really do with out.

Cardboard is another one that we have alot of.

But plastic bottles are a huge hassle.  Milk bottles, the big plastic ones.  I want the local dairy to deliver but they dont do organic.  Dairy being the only food that scientists say is worth buying organic.  This is our only real splurge.

Pop bottles that leave this house are completely down to me.  But even squashed up they are a bind.  as when I want to put them out I have to take the lids off of all of them.  The council encourage you by every so many months ( think maybe even yearly), not sure of time scale.  They post a roll of clear plastic bin liners through your door to get you to put all your bottles in it.  the also take shampoo bottles, washing up liquad bottles.  I am naughty and leave these lids on, had a nasty accident with a knife trying to get one off.

the meat packaging and yoghurt pots are a recent addition, I think july.  Again these have to be seperate and in a clear plastic bag.

My sister who lives in Devon is so fed up with having to recycle she takes the packaging off in the supermarket and leaves it at the check out.  It must really get on their (supermarket) nerves but they have a modern house and no where to keep recycling, that isnt in an area that is used constantly.  That is a good thing and a bad thing that goes with new houses.

It is one of the reasons we would like to move and get into an older property...  they are larger and have larger gardens if you want/need to extend.

We really should go to the recycling centre, but I am lazy and I suppose that is why the council are doing curb side collection.  as this is the only way for them to hit the EU directive amount for our district.  Makes sense, they do it with my council tax and tax from my wages.  More councils should do it.  Lobby your MP.  I think mine is exhausted with my emails!  LOL

Tue 29-Sep-09
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Sorry I forgot to say tin cans and aerosols also. and not forgetting clean foil.

yep the definitely collect alot of stuff.  But I have to wash and sort it and it takes hours a week to sort!  LOL

Caring about the planet takes alot of time doesnt it

Tue 29-Sep-09
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Our local council have now provided us with wheelie bins. A grey one which is household waste that is not recyclable and that is collected every fortnight and a blue lidded ones for all recyclables and green ones (2 are allowed) for garden compostable rubbish, although the green bins are only used during the spring and summer season, no green collection during the winter months which makes perfect sense.  The grey one is collected on its own one week and the blue lidded and green ones the following week. (note if one has food waste it can be wrapped in newspaper and put in the green bins with the garden waste if running out of room in the grey bin and its not its week for collection. We do have to put any waste for the grey bins into black plastic liners before placing in the grey bin.... phew!!! hope that makes sense!!??[Image Can Not Be Found]

I tend not to use the green bins much as I compost most of my garden waste. The grey bin is usually quite full after a fortnight. As for recycling. I have a large bin in my kitchen alongside my normal kitchen waste bin, which I use solely for recycling materials which I wash out, squash or crush before I put it into that bin and that will take the complete mix of recyclables and once its full its a quick dash out to the blue lidded wheelie bin, emptied and back in the kitchen to begin the process of recycling all over again.....    

Just have to remember to put out the appropriate wheelie bins for the refuse collection every Tuesday (which reminds me... must put out recycling tonight!)  [Image Can Not Be Found]

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Tue 29-Sep-09
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we have one big wheelie bin that is for the landfill.  Then these poxy orange boxes, that have seperate lids that in the winter are blown down the road.  everything has to be seperated.  I wish we had a second large wheelie bin for the recycling.  It would be easier.

It is all a bit of a faff, but I dont want the £1000 fine for not complying. Especially if  all the councils are going to start spying on us

Tue 29-Sep-09
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We had bin checks when we lived  in Holland- wasn't so bad where we were but there were areas where you had to make sure you put the paper from your tea-bag in one bin, the string in another and the bag in a third. Get it wrong and the bin police would give you a sticker, three stickers and you had to organise your own rubbish disposal. The space it takes up was a pain- our hallway would be packed with stuff, especially on the fortnightly paper day. We have a green bin and a paper box and a plastic bottle/can box where we live now. Foil, batteries, clothing,shoes you need to organise and take down to the recycling centre. It takes time and space to do it all and I'm releived we now have space enough to do it all outside. But, sorting household rubbish and recycling does make one focus on the amount of rubbish one creates and try to cut it back.

What drives me absolutely bonkers is the way supermarkets blithely put recycling symbols on their packaging and effectively say 'job done', despite the fact that there are no facilities in this country for recycling the sorts of plastics they have used. Yes, they can be recycled. In Germany. Supermarkets should be legally required to take back all their packaging and recycle it.

Can you hear me grinding my teeth?

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Fri 2-Oct-09
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I always admire tales of people who leave the packaging at the supermarket checkout. I don't have the chutzpah to do it. Also, it's the poor staff who would have to deal with it, not the shareholders or the board or directors.

I bet that some supermarket chain will pilot a return to old fashioned brown paper bags one of these days. I think I would move my custom to that store, all things being equal.

Since we started to be more selective in our shopping habits, trying to avoid waste really, I notice that we usually now only have a single black refuse sack for the Monday morning collection. It used to be two or sometimes three.

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Wed 7-Oct-09
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Most supermarkets now have a carrier bag recycling system and I put all my plastic packaging in a carrier bag and place it in the bin at the store.  Bear in mind that the supermarkets themselves have to recycle their own waste now and should have a plastic recycling baler as standard.  Certainly Sainsbury's does (guess where I work!) and all the packaging from the shop floor goes in.  It goes back to the depot to be sorted and most of it is used to create more packaging and our carrier bags.  All our paper and cardboard is dealt with in the same way.

I also feel that unless we show them the waste they make they will never deal with it.

Wed 7-Oct-09
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Suky

I agree wholeheartedly, my local supermarket will insist on putting my loose veg in a plastic bag before weighing it and letting me take it home. Once I have paid I make a point of emptying the contents into my shopping bags and leaving the bag for them to dispose of. This, to me, is the supermarket taking things just too far. Needless to say I have gone back to buying my veggies from the local greengrocer and farm shop. Just wish I had the space to grow my own.

I am lucky enough to have a reasonable size utility room although the space seems to be taken over with the recycling. Our council take recycling ( green waste in one bin, plastic bottles and food cans in one bag and cardboard and paper in another) one week and non-recycling the other. I live in the middle of a very busy tourist area and the smell and flies around the bins in the summer months can sometimes be apalling! Also, like Danny, most of the cottages are small and have no rear access so bins are left outside and because of the changeover days sometimes do not get emptied for 4 weeks!

Currently have to take glass to a Bottle bank, textiles and other plastic packaging to local tip few miles away which is only accessible by car so not exactly green getting there.

I invested in a stackable, open-fronted unit which is on wheels (bought from DIY store) and just about copes with the things the council takes if you squash them flat but the biggest headache is the plastic packaging and bottles! The packaging takes up so much space that I have now resorted to an old dustbin which is very unsightly but does the job. The bottles – well I can only blame ourselves for drinking so much wine……………………….. http://www.cottagesmallholder.com/wp-content/forum...../', 'wink', '1');" src="/forum/frugal-living-and-budgeting/wp-content/forum-smileys/sf-wink.gif" alt="Wink" />

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Most of the packaging tesco has back as all these bags that we do not need. any old letters is used for bedding for the rats shredded,plastic bottle tops i keep for the nursey schools as thay like these things . we have these unslightley bins too. ohh and the rats get the food scraps if theres any.

Tue 22-Dec-09
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I am hoping when we move that I will be able to get a milkman to deliver.  I am hoping to find one that delivers organic milk…  it is the only food item we get that is organic.  And in glass bottles so that will save quite a lot of space when recycling. 

I have had a HUGE moan at both sainsburys and tescos by email.  As we are unable to recycle dark/black plastics, and all their organic meat and the better cuts (finest I think it is called), are in these coloured packaging.  and ok I pick the up in the condemned items area, but still they all pretend that they are trying to be greener.  So put your packaging where your mouth is and change the colour…

I am trying to buy more from the butcher, but with only one in the middle of the town and a mangled leg, ice and crazed Xmas shopping people that will have to wait.

I have found a yoghurt pot that is individual and no more expensive than a mullier, that is glass and from sainsburys.  I will get the name when I go again. it is mixed with cream so the yoghurt is lovely.

I have decided when we move, I am going to have to either have made or fork out for some of those stackable bins from ikea or the DIY store.  as I cant stand the orange boxes anymore.  Then I can just tip it in to the orange boxes on the day.

I am taking all my tubes from used toilet rolls to work and a lady there is taking them to her sons play group.  And all my confidential shredding goes into the compost bin.

Is it me or does everyone else spend about an hour and a half a week sorting, washing and doing the recycling.  My sister has it right.  Dont bring it into the house in the first place.  I am so fed up with it all,  I am scared to death they are going to find one stray yoghurt pot in my landfill bin and then fine us and leave the bin behind till be have sorted it properly…

I am getting there slowly.

Tue 22-Dec-09
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Thanks for resurrecting this thread, S.O.L. (Stadium Of Light = Sunderland's football ground!)

My pet hate is the daily thrash that our very good postie has no option but to deliver through our letterbox.

To "The Homeowner"

Goes straight to the paper recycling pile. I feel a real urge to charge them for the effort, especially if we allow these spam mails to build up for a week or two. Even worse are the charity "gifts" of a gazillion stickers with your name and address printed on. Who the heck would ever use those cheap, crummy stickers on their personal mail? These have to go in the fire for fear of identity theft.

Grrrrrrrrr Yell

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Wed 23-Dec-09
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Our council has changed what we can recycle recently and we can now put a lot more into our pink sacks but as you say, it would be so much better if we didn't have to sort it all ourselves.  I pine for the old days when we shopped at individual shops and all packaging was paper and string.

I'll try that again!

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