Recycling and all that.
Yes, I know! I’ve touched on this subject before but following on from Monday’s recycling collection (or lack of it as it turns out) I am going to have another rant. Please don’t get me wrong dear readers, I am all for recycling to cut down on waste, but…….. most of the items that I end up sorting into my various receptacles are either not produced by myself nor requested either, and most are unnecessary waste produced by others. And I could argue that years ago, the majority of it wouldn’t be refuse needing to be sorted because it would have been disposed of on the open fires we all used to have. Remember?
Of course, we didn’t have all the flyers, stickers, bulk mail and dross coming through our letterboxes in those days. Only items you received through your letterbox were letters. (shock/horror!) Nowadays, most of my post goes straight into the green recycle paper bag. So the bulk of the paper recycling that I tend to do is not mine, nor was it requested to be delivered to my premises. Which brings me sharply to the incident that provoked this rant. Cardboard, different thickness’s thereof. It states in our very detailed recycling instructions for our area and I quote,
Now it just so happened that last week I had received a package which contained cardboard. It wasn’t too thick (well, not in my opinion) but it was corrugated. I forgot that this is not permitted to be placed in your green bag, and of course, when I went out later to put all the receptacles away, it had been discarded by the recycled guys. So its now had to go into the black dustbin bag instead. It’s not all that long ago that we all received a flyer through the door (to add to the recycling of course) reminding us all that we were not sorting things out correctly and that far too many households were putting things into their dustbins that rightly belonged in the recycle containers instead, which were then adding to the mountainous piles of refuse on the councils tips.
What I want to know is why? Why can’t corrugated thick cardboard be recycled? Or Hardback books and wax crayons, yet a great big thick tomb such as a telephone directory can? Which reminds me I have one or two of those to recycle. The purpose of my rant? Its this. When we all had our open coal fires, we didn’t have hardly any paper, plastic, cardboard catalogues, junk mail, brochures and all the other rubbish we end up now having to sort into recycling piles, and if we had been inundated with it all we’d have simply burned most of it on our fires thereby helping to heat the house.
According to the powers that be, we were encouraged to refrain from having our open coal fires because they were ‘contributing to global warming’ via the smoke they emitted but does anyone know whether or not global warming has actually decreased since we all stopped using open fires? Of course modern houses are no longer built with chimneys included for an open fire so for most of us we no longer have a choice in the matter. But was it a decision that has proved to be a good one in the long term? How much money does all this recycling cost? How many miners lost their jobs through the decision to move away from domestic open coal fires? Okay we know that coal wouldn’t have lasted forever, but neither will oil and yet I see no visible reduction in that items use, nor its contribution via car exhausts to global warming, do you? And don’t get me on the subject of packaging! That’s another waste by the manufacturing sector that is largely unnecessary and yet goes completely unchecked, and the subject of another rant no doubt in a later post.
TG Rant Over for today.