We all do it from time to time, some of us more than others. We collect a chilled meal from the supermarket because it is a pretty hassle-free way of getting something to eat. The meals often come in black plastic trays, which we later conscientiously put in the recycling box for collection. So far, so good. But what Shropshire Council don’t tell you is that Veolia incinerates black plastic rather than recycles it.
As usual, kerbside collection dates have been changed over Christmas and the New Year. The one to watch out for is that next Monday’s collection of waste and recyclables has been brought forward to this coming Saturday. Remember you can now put out cardboard in the blue bag – so that’s an excuse to open Christmas presents early. You can also recycle your Christmas tree, though please do not put any drummers drumming in your green bin, especially if you get 12 of them as a gift.
I am pleased that kerbside collection of cardboard for recycling is coming back to South Shropshire in December. This is long overdue. We have had to endure five years without kerbside collection. Cardboard is a vital resource and we should not be burning it in the Battlefield incinerator. When we resume household collection, we should also see a reduction in fly-tipping.
We probably have more household cardboard waste than ever because we rely so much on online services delivered by the Royal Mail or couriers. The first carboard collection in South Shropshire will be on the first recycling collection day on or after 5 December.
Five years after it was axed by Shropshire Council, kerbside cardboard collections are to return to Shropshire, with the service for South Shropshire beginning in December. North Shropshire and Shrewsbury get the new collections earlier. Residents will be provided with a new blue bag for paper and cardboard. At the same time, plastics, cans and glass will no longer need to be separated and can be mixed together in recycling boxes. We will also be getting a caddy for our food waste.
From December, the new recycling regime will be:
- Green bins: garden and food waste
- Recycling boxes: plastics, tins, foil and glass
- Blue bags: paper and cardboard
- Black bins: waste to be incinerated.
From this morning, a 5p charge comes in for single-use carrier bags. This welcome move will encourage people to reuse bags saving energy resources. It will reduce plastic bag litter on land and in our oceans.
The carrier bag charge is not a government tax. The money raised is expected to go to charity (but stores could legally keep it).
Unfortunately, as is common with almost anything that comes out of Whitehall, the charge is not being introduced a straightforward way. Stores employing less than 250 employees are exempt from the charge, though many will introduce it voluntarily. It would have been much simpler to introduce the charge for all stores. And it would have been better if all bags, regardless of whether they are paper or plastic are charged. Continue reading “Poll: the 5p plastic bag charge came in today – what is your view?”