Recyling the recyling

October 4, 2010

Consternation in Divorce Towers this morning as today is D Day for the new recycling system. I’m sure most people would skip through today with a merry laugh but, for me, it seems like yet another cumbersome hoop to climb through, while trying not to trip over in my new high-heeled ankle boots (they’re lovely btw!).

Our previous system involved separating paper and plastics, and putting garden waste out in a brown bin, where it would moulder for a month or two until I’d ring and beg the council to do something about it. Then they’d come at 5am and wake us all up throwing the ancient lawn clippings all over the street. Sigh.

I’d just about got used to these strange ways, after switching over from a high-falutin’ Belgian system, when ominous leaflets started to flutter through the letterbox.

‘You’ll be receiving a countertop caddy. You’ll be getting compostable bags. All your organic waste will go in the brown bins. Your green bin will be collected once a fortnight. Paper, glass and plastic can now all be thrown in together.’

Deep sigh. I’ve spent so long separating paper and plastic that it really goes against the grain to hurl them into a blue box together. It’s like putting Jordan and Peter Andre in a confined space – it just doesn’t seem right.

Naturally, my countertop caddy has not arrived, so I’m putting the food waste in a flowerpot lined with the compostable bags, which have the oddest, flobbiest texture, and seem constantly on the verge of composting without any prompting from me.

I only hope the council do actually show up to collect the brown bins now. Rancid grass is one thing. Rancid spaghetti bolognaise and busily composting bags is another. As the girls would say, geerrrrrosssss.

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  • Victoria October 4, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Our compostible bin here in NL is green – it stinks, whatever the weather. I see people washing their’s out weekly !! Yikes, I can hardly lift the lid!

    We aren’t allowed to put the paper, glass, plastic together here. Why is it different everywhere?

    And what about the milk, juice cartons – anyone come up with a good idea for recycling these?

    Good luck with your multi-coloured bins (and your composting bags too)!

    • Dulwich Divorcee October 5, 2010 at 3:23 am

      Hi Victoria, yes, I have a feeling my flowerpot is going to get very smelly …luckily I have a cold at the moment but I can’t rely on that all year round, at least I hope I can’t! I think you’re right, one universal, global recycling system would make a lot of sense. And why are they still making those milk and juice cartons that you can’t recycle? It seems really antisocial!

  • Addy October 4, 2010 at 9:50 am

    This made me laugh. Our local council is pushing through a similar new system too which involves counter-top caddies with bio-degradeable bags. They sent me a letter last week (how many trees did that cost?) explaining this and other things such as how I can now put all plastics into the recycling bin (previously only bottles, but now to include all plastic – meat trays, yoghurt pots, the lot), but on the back of the letter it went on to explain why you cannot yet recycle yoghurt pots!) Eh?

    • Dulwich Divorcee October 5, 2010 at 3:24 am

      I’ve been washing out my yoghurt pots like a good girl, just the sort of extra chore I really relish …I blimmin hope they can recycle them! I admit I didn’t read the back of the leaflet …because I took a perverse joy in putting it in the recycling 🙂

  • Footballers Knees October 4, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I think you can tell much about a person by their use the brown bin. The bin men mixed ours up with our neighbours’ a few weeks ago. The neighbours don’t use the compostable bags…now that IS gerrrosss!

    • Dulwich Divorcee October 5, 2010 at 3:29 am

      Euwwwwww! That is just yucky, spaghetti on top of the lawn clippings ….yak! I think you should seriously consider moving …. Dulwich is nice!

  • A Modern Mother October 4, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    We have the same system here. It takes a bit of getting used to, to say the least. Good luck! The worst is trying to explain it to babysitters/friends that are staying over. They always get it wrong.

    • Dulwich Divorcee October 5, 2010 at 3:35 am

      Babysitters and friends I can understand, but I’ve spent most of yesterday picking bits of food out of the non-food bag because the girls and TL are simply Not Concentrating, having told me they all completely understood the new system …sigh