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BBC News - 'People are being given too many recycling bins'
Councils are asking householders to sort their rubbish into as many as nine bins to boost recycling, a survey suggests.
On average, the Taxpayers' Alliance pressure group found councils expected residents to sort their household waste into four bins, bags and caddies.


Friends of the Earth's waste campaigner, Julian Kirby, said recycling was hugely popular, with over 80% of households satisfied with their waste and recycling service.
"While some people are frustrated by complicated sorting systems, the Taxpayers' Alliance are missing the point - we don't need lots of bins to have a good recycling service," he said.
"In the simplest, cheapest and most effective services, the binmen sort recyclables from one or two bins into multi-compartment trucks so householders don't have to."

I don't think the TPA is missing the point, it is pointing out that the complicated systems are unhelpful and unwanted.
There is a pressure group of recyclers who push for the public to do their sorting job for free, there are greens who see the toil as a daily obligation to the Goddess Gaia but an ancient economic sage revealed the truth of the costs of sorting and so no one sensible now believes in home sorting.

It may take some time for councils to catch on though.

Comments

Where I live we have the recycling bins and I really love the idea of recycling. But those who study these kinds of things have said that increased use of fossil fuels to collect the recyclables and to get them to where they can be processed and the reprocessing far exceed the "savings" expected from recycling. It is a great idea that when implemented fails horribly. But in the spirit of looking good I say lets continue doing it until the last drop of oil is used to get the recyclables to the processing plant. After all isn't this about looking like we are green?

About four years back, I stumbled upon the abstract for an article in a waste industry publication - the thrust was that recycling was fairly good until it reached about thirty percent of stuff otherwise just dumped, after which it became increasingly a money-loser.

And "In the simplest, cheapest and most effective services, the binmen sort recyclables from one or two bins into multi-compartment trucks so householders don't have to." What galaxy is this person visiting from? Simple [-minded], yes, but cheap or effective?

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Thanks for this great blogpost. Recycling doesn't

just bring great results to the our environment but

also to our way of life. And what's even great about

it ie how we can receive free stuff for it. Check

this video out on the GreenopolisTV YouTube channel.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t61s4B7jw8U

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