It’s not hard to understand the benefits of recycling — reduction of the amount of waste sent to landfill, conservation of natural resources, energy saving and reduction of greenhouse gases — so why do so many of us make no effort to find out what goes where when sorting out our rubbish for recycling?

It may be uncomfortable to admit but we need to raise our standards to the levels that the French, Dutch and Germans have reached. Those nations are far more enlightened. We need to look in the mirror and realise we must cut back the grotesque amounts of waste eating into our public purse.

Recycling costs us money. Thus the more recycling we do the more the burden on the public purse and further, the more resources we are using.


25 thoughts on “Idiot”

  1. “…so why do so many of us make no effort to find out what goes where when sorting out our rubbish for recycling?”

    Two reasons – the main one being, my spare time is valuable to me, and the second one being it pisses off the likes of John Read.

  2. “Those nations are far more enlightened”

    Funny word for irrational. As TW often points out certain things are worth recycling like aluminium cans but most other things is a waste of time, money, energy (both personal and through recycling process) and carbon.

    You would think some journalists or the self-appointed ‘smart educated middle classes’ would have read one bloody book about the concepts of economics in their life. If they had they wouldnt be endlessly not knowing what they talk about and surprised when a simple cost-benefit analysis is presented to them.

    It is a joke. An actual joke, god knows how we the 5th strongest economy in the world with so much fundamental basic economic ignorance.

  3. “god knows how we the 5th strongest economy in the world with so much fundamental basic economic ignorance”

    Because one of the greatest strengths of capitalist/market economies is that they work without any need for most people to understand how they work. Unlike real once-existing socialism.

  4. My local council recently decided that it was simply too profligate to collect our non-recycled bins every two weeks, and that we should settle for them being collected every three weeks. This was, apparently, because we weren’t recycling enough and the council were being hit by landfill taxes.

    Of course, they neglected to mention the fact that going to three weekly bin collections meant they needed fewer staff and fewer lorries on the road and that they’d be saving an absolute packet, while people ignored the advice to recycle and either tamped their wheelie bins down harder, dumped rubbish in other folks’ bins or simply flytipped it.

  5. Bloke no Longer in Austria

    As the landfill tax is an EU initiative,hopefully Brexit will “deal” with that. At the same time as the go-ahead is given for the runway extension at the pigs’ airport.

    I’ve told this story here before, but it is alwys worth repeating:
    Whn I lived in Munich in the mid-90s, there was a bottle bank a few yards from my flat.
    On each container was a sign that stated the facility could not be used
    before 7am and after 7pm weekdays
    after 1pm Saturdays
    at all on Sundays and holidays.
    Fine 50 Marks.
    So when one was around to use the damned thing, one wasn’t allowed.
    The containers were empty and piled up around them were plastic bags full of bottles: obviouisly no fine for fly-tipping.

  6. The funny thing is, what you’re supposed to recycle, and how, seems to change from one country to another. In France, Tetrapaks are considered to be recyclable, but not in Switzerland.

  7. @Ben S

    My council changes its mind every week about what the bin men will collect from my recycling and what they won’t.

  8. “Those nations are far more enlightened.

    Phrases like this should make everyone’s hair on the back of their necks stand up.

  9. I find that most of my garbage goes into the recycling bin now that my council no longer requires separate receptacles for glass, paper, cans, cardboard. I really don’t care what happens to it. It takes about 2 months to fill the other bin.

  10. “Those nations are far more enlightened”

    He believes this whatever the subject. He has the natural, reflexive inferiority complex of the Guardianista towards our European neighbours.

  11. Pre recycling we had one bin lorry a week. Now we have that plus one or two recycling lorries (depends which week).
    How is that saving natural resources, energy or, for those who care, greenhouse gases?
    Pre recycling domestic refuse was used (with other material) for raising sea walls. Plenty more sea walls could do with raising, but now all the materials have to be paid for, rather than 60%. Doesn’t sound like a saving to me.
    Since Britain extracts twice the volume of minerals per period as it produces waste, where is the shortage of landfill?
    Finally machinery exists for sorting refuse into recyclables. It’s hardly used because it’s not economic, and because all that hand sorting is a religious observance for some.

  12. Our council spent a fortune changing all our general waste bins for smaller ones so we’d recycle more. Can barely get through the fortnight without stamping it all down.

  13. “why do so many of us make no effort to find out what goes where”

    Because we suspect it’s just sent to landfill anyway, for the very good reason that most of it is worthless.

  14. there is a “mandatory requirement on local authorities to provide information on recycling to the government”

    Those figures are deliberately skewed as the deliberately omit the biggest source of waste recycling – recycling waste into heat and electricity.

  15. Anecdote: in the small village in Italy where I have a connection to a holiday house, there used to be large bins at the top of the hill where everyone dumped their rubbish and someone removed it every week.

    Some bright spark had the idea that we were all producing too much rubbish, so without making any other changes at all, “they” removed the large bins and replaced them with small ones – the kind of size every house in UK has currently, except this was for a village of maybe twenty permanently-occupied houses and as many again occasional residents such as ourselves.

    So now we have small bins with huge piles of overflowing rubbish bags all around them (in constant high-twenties temperatures all summer and autumn…) which someone has to gather up and remove once a week. Nasty job; nothing like just getting the lorry to pick up and tip the previous large bins.

    What has been gained?

    I suppose a box has been ticked somewhere in the Commune, and team of Statale has their bonus.

    I am so happy for them; our neighbours, less so.

  16. Bloke no Longer on the Barricades

    I find a good method of recycling bottles is to fill them with petrol and stuff a rag in the top. This makes them ready for any eventuality.

  17. Bloke in Costa Rica

    In the local megamall there are bins coded for ‘organic’ and ‘inorganic’ refuse. I ignore them entirely, as I have seen them being emptied. Everything gets lumped in together and then stuffed into a big hopper ready to be taken away by the dustcart to the Great Big Landfill where the stuff that’s worth being recycled, is, and the stuff that isn’t, isn’t. Domestic rubbish is bin bags, unsorted, on the kerb by 8a.m. Monday and Thursday. So the mall is essentially asking shoppers to engage in a religious observance.

  18. @Andrew M, August 24, 2016 at 7:11 pm
    “Surely the greater question is why on earth do the Germans recycle more?”

    The Germans have a history of following orders without question.

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