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The reduction in rubbish collections has caused public outrage in Britain. Over 150 councils are switching from weekly to fortnightly refuse collections. Will this improve recycling rates as the government has claimed or will it result in mounting piles of rubbish, putting our health at risk?

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Leeds City Council and Recycling

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Our recycling bins today. They were last emptied on the 26/04/07 and
they are next due to be emptied on the 24/05/07 -- quad-weekly
collection. Our normal rubbish is collected weekly, but we only
bother putting those bins out fortnightly as they are never full. We
have two black wheelie bins and two green wheelie bins to serve a
household of nine (two flats). The recycling bins tend to fill up
after two weeks and it is most frustrating that Leeds City Council do
not empty them more often. It would suit us much, much better if
Leeds CC were to alternate their recycling and normal rubbish
collections week by week. We'd definitely end up recycling more than
we are throwing away. However, I think that we could do even better
if we took more care to not buy things that have unnecessary excess
packaging. There must be a better way to package take-away pizza?
Also, frustratingly, Leeds CC won't recycle glass and there aren't
glass collection bins in walking (with lots of glass) distance, even
though we live in central Leeds, studentville.

posted by Helen

9th May 2007, 22:00  

Helen says:

The last time we stayed in Spain, we were very impressed with the rubbish and recycling facilities there. People were encouraged to sort their rubbish each day and carry it down to collection points to deposit in various bins. Most of the rubbish ended up recycled and it also prevented rubbish being stored around the home...attracting vermin and generally festering.

9th May 2007, 22:08

"if we took more care to not buy things that have unnecessary excess packaging" - all well and good when you have a choice in the matter - I've tried going to Tesco and buying things without packaging, it's impossible! They're foisting all this packaging on us, they should take it back for recycling!

10th May 2007, 11:26

Helen says:

I know some people take off the excess packaging as they're packing their bags and leave it with the supermarket to dispose of.

I could take my string bag to the market, rather than shop at M&S; with its polystrene and clingfilm wrapped apples in fours. But I don't have a string bag...

10th May 2007, 17:47

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