May 8, 2017

Still in the 19th Century ?


Latest since the 1980ies, when the first messages of certain dwindling resources surfaced, the re-thinking of our use of resources has started.

YET, it seems, that in Britain the "Empire Thinking", which did not include reasonable use of materials, is still prevalent.

On the continent the efforts to recycle started in the late 1980ies. Just with paper, cardboard and glass [separated by colors].

To separate compost able materials from the rest, has saved up to one third of transportation requirements.

Since then metal, laminated drink cartons, plastics of different kinds , ...have been collected in big bins on the streets.

Places for special recycling : paints lamps, .. are accessible with public transport.


The question of "strategic" materials and services and their securing with national borders should play a reasonable part of the thinking as well.

Energy from a non national company? Refuse-collection sent to Sweden, instead of heating and lighting public buildings/streets with energy from incineration, too far off??

New Posts
  • 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?