Jun 30, 2017

Better recycling

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I spend quite a lot of time in Italy and from being quite poor in relation to their household recycling they have dramatically improved to one of the best European countries. Each property has a range of separate coloured bins/bags provided by the local council for paper/cardboard, bottles and cans, full range of plastics, non-recyclables and one for organic waste. In the countryside each village has larger bins where the smaller ones are emptied but in towns there are larger communal bins for each waste type. In some cities it is also possible to have a household bin for metal. It has taken 2-3 years in terms of getting the new scheme up and running but now residents are quite used to separating their rubbish. The amount in the non-recyclables bin is minimal. I suggest that responsible officers in Newcastle visit a country like Italy to see how their schemes work. Milan is a good example.

Nov 28, 2017

Agree - lots of our European neighbours have got great schemes in place. A huge shift in waste collection is needed (like these other countries and cities) and yes it could take time - but it should just become "a matter of fact/ a way of life" that we have to put certain waste items in certain boxes/ bags or else it doesn't get collected.

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  • yengismh
    Sep 1, 2017

    Can anyone explain why the council wasted money putting new bottle caddies in the blue bins when I watched the collector empty the caddy into the main blue bin before emptying the bin into the wagon?? I would appreciate an answer from the council!!
  • bythellv
    Nov 28, 2017

    Newcastle recycles fewer types of plastic compared with most other local authorities in the UK. We should make more effort to increase the proportion of plastics that can be recycled.
  • andymac
    Jul 18, 2017

    I saved up all my cardboard over 6 months and took it to the council tip only to watch it all go straight in the back of a bin lorry with mixed waste - straight to landfill, presumably since the cardboard compactor was broken / full. Won't be wasting my time doing that again. How about the council sorts it's act out and leads by example? Would it have been so hard to temporarily store the cardboard in another skip until the cardboard compactor had been emptied? What sort of message do you think the council are sending to people trying to do their bit for recycling when you see something like this happening?