Ok, ok, I just love sounding like a journalist, because you can make anything sound like a newspaper article by writing ‘a postcode lottery?’ at the end of the headline. The situation with recycling in London strikes me as odd. I live in Wandsworth, which as far as I can tell has one of the best councils in Britain, along with one of the lowest levels of council tax. This is odd enough in itself, but that’s another story, for another day.
What I can’t understand is, why can I throw all my recycling into an orange sack at the end of every week, and happily leave it outside my front door to be collected, when friends of mine who live in other London boroughs have to separate into different bags, can only recycle paper, and even have special food waste recycling schemes, so that they need a box of mouldy old plate scrapings sitting around in their kitchens for days on end?
I can throw any of the following waste into an orange sack:
Which is great. But it seems that there are huge discrepancies between the recycling facilities in different London boroughs. For example, I recently saw a website advertising the fact that Tetra Paks are now recyclable. Now I thought this was odd, because I’ve been chucking them in the old orange sack for years. It turns out that Wandsworth is one of the only London boroughs where you can do this.
So in the majority of boroughs, you can’t recycle Tetra Paks via kerbside collection, you have to visit a recycling bank. Now I can’t believe many people are prepared to do that. Surely if Wandsworth, Merton and Lambeth can do it, then surely Southwark (for example) can too?
Almost Mrs Average over at The Rubbish Diet is making an incredible effort to ‘slim her bin’ down to a size zero. I have been following her progress and attempting to follow her lead in terms of buying fewer goods wrapped in excessive packaging, carrying bag-for-life type bags around with me instead of collecting endless carrier bags, composting more, printing out 70 pages of eco magazine…ahem… but it must make the task considerably harder if your council’s recycling facilities are minimal.