I am a fan of plastic. It has revolutionised modern lives and will continue to do so. I hate plastic. It is destroying our present and future environment. Some councils are stopping collecting it for recycling for fear it is dumped overseas or incinerated. However, most of Shropshire’s domestic plastic is recycled. But like plastic itself, the carbon chains are long. We should use less.
The wind has been blowing hard since yesterday afternoon. Today is recycling day for parts of Ludlow and many other areas. And once again, we are seeing the all too familiar scene of plastics and tins being blown from the recycling boxes and littering the streets. What is Shropshire Council planning to do about this? Absolutely nothing.
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.