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. http://www.recyclingwasteworld.co.uk/in-depth-article/the-italian-mode-how-italy-leads-the-way-in-europe-in-separate-waste-collection-systems/71126/
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!!