Friday, February 01, 2008

No More Rubbish Taxes!

We have weekly collections in my North Midlands town. One week it is non-recycleable waste (grey wheelie bin) and the next it is recyceable items (garden waste and cardboard in a green wheelie bin).

But we also have a fortnightly "blue box" collection of glass, metal and batteries (in a separate recyclable bag) as well as a "blue bag" for (news)paper - but not envelopes because of the glue!

However, we have to take all our plastic packaging to a recycling point. For us this is not really a problem as we can drop it off (about once a week) when we visit our favourite supermarket.

We also compost all the vegetable waste, tea bags, egg cartons, egg shells, etc that we can. It is all added to our garden soil which we use to grow flowers, shrubs and a few vegetables and herbs.

As far as I am concerned my family can do no more to recycle. The system in place in our town seems to work reasonably well. If we were to be charged extra by our local council for the quantity of waste they take away from our house I would regard this as just another attempt to apply a stealth tax.
Let's get all this "green" stuff in proportion. There are limits to what responsible individuals can do to save the planet.


pcsolotto said...

I agree with you about these. Well someday Ill create a blog to compete you! lolz.