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UK Energy Saving Comments on Recycling Bin Collections
Hayley Jones, Web Marketing Director of popular consumer website UK Energy Saving, gives their thoughts on the emotive subject of waste.
“We all know the maxim ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ but how much this is put into practice differs from household to household and from region to region. In reality it is something we all need to get to grips with, not least because landfill sites are filling up all too quickly. More and more local councils are offering a wide range of recycling opportunities but it is up to individuals and families to make the best use of these recycling schemes. Storing recyclables can be tricky if restricted space is an issue but there are many clever storage solutions available and there is often the option of taking some recyclables to a nearby recycling centre (frequently within walking distance) if waiting for a kerbside collection is not practical.”
With regards to the frequency of collections, Jones comments further. “In terms of landfill waste a fortnightly collection should be more than adequate for the vast majority of households providing that recycling is carried out as much as possible. I live in an area of alternate weekly collections, with landfill rubbish collected one week and all recyclables the following week. This is very effective and it is rare for any of our bins or boxes to be overflowing. I am also unaware of any local issues surrounding flies and vermin and don’t have any problem with our kitchen bin for food waste (unhelpfully described as a slop bucket in parts of the media).”
“Different schemes will undoubtedly be appropriate for different areas and types of housing but householders need to take some responsibility for reducing waste, in particular that which is sent to landfill. Notwithstanding the fact that occasionally events such as severe weather may disrupt collection services, we should of course expect a good level of service from our councils, but we all have a part to play and at UK Energy Saving we believe that as much as possible should be done to encourage recycling.”