Do you always manage to recycle everything you’d like to, or do you find that there are things that stop you? What might help you recycle more?
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I find it difficult to recycle plastic bags. Before introducing the charge, Tesco had special box for them, now it's only in Waitross which isn't my preferred shop, so I put them to regular bin very often.
Where I live (Wandsworth Borough Council), I don't recycle, but put everything in the chute into the metal palladins (apart from large cardboard that I fold down and 'place' in the recycling bin). This is because, where I live, a lot of people don't recycle properly (food waste in the bins) and the council does nothing about it. Recycling bins with the orange lids missing, meaning the garbage flies around the estate in high winds, and the vermin have easy access. Bins are not bolted down, so kids use them to climb onto store sheds..There is a CCTV, but I don't think it works ,as no action appears to be taken against perpetrators.. It's very frustrating and as a leaseholder who has been living here for more than 15 years, I get angry and frustrated. I can't see where my service charge or council tax goes to pay for other residents laziness?
Taxes need to be used to force recycling - look at the reduction in the use of plastic bags caused by the 5p cost.Supermarkets taxed on the amount of packaging they use (plastic or otherwise), and habits of putting plastic covered food stuffs in plastic bags "to keep they separate" etc. Takeaway packaging taxed like alcohol and fuel (this includes the drinks cups used by coffee shops etc. which cannot be recycled). Taxing will drastically reduce the used of unrecyclable packaging at source, then you can tackle low recycling councils and communities.
Thank you for the opportunity to comment. I am a keen recycler, however there is no facility in my borough to dispose of my recycled food waste (food compost). I live in a flat and so do not have a garden in which to compost my own food waste. Westminster borough used to have a food waste collection for composting, but they ended this service as they said too few people used it. This is a shame as perhaps with adequate information about 'how' to compost and dispose of food waste, more people would do so.
In Scandinavia they have wonderful huge recycling bins in local vicinities where you can clearly dispose of recycled waste in separate bins for paper or bottles or aluminium cans, etc. We need to incentivise people to separate out their recycling and make it easy for them to do so. One of the biggest challenges in city homes is that people live in small flats and so they do not have the space for separate bins to separate out their recycling. Making it easier for people to do so would greatly increase the level of recycling.
I am a diligent recycler and agree with most of the comments made except for one, Chewing Gum, I nearly always use it after a meal as it helps cleanse my teeth straight away and it also said to be good exercise for the jaw which is something I recommend to all who care about their teeth and mouth. Please no tax on my health habit! From my personal experience I see peoples spit on our pavement then gum which make me very angry.
A walkable (modal access only) central recycling centre, points system to cope with waste production and management. A car-free recycling centre will encourage eco-innovation and sustainable employment.
There should be more done about businesses, not private households. Mc Donald's doesn't recycle. The amount of carton boxes from shops is enormous. Do you think it all ends up in recycling facilities?
I have no idea what can be done to educate people about recycling. At the fitness centre where I go regularly are two bins: mixed recycling and general waste. In both bins you can find everything. I couldn't be any easier but people don't care! Maybe introducing fines for not recycling? But you can't put a person next to each bin.
To address one particular area of waste - throw-away coffee cups - please can we introduce a tax of say 40 or 50p so that there is a greater incentive to use re-useable cups and avoid this massive contribution to landfill?
Spot on .but it will only happen by Law
On recycling London is way behind compared to many other european countries, we recycle less materials and less amount. Some towns recycle 80% of their rubbish, London should aim to do the same. In building with flats in London not even the compost is recycled. Waste Recycling areas should be more spread and they should all accept all kind of rubbish, like pots of paint, because people would not drive the extra 5 miles just for a pot of paint and that will end up in the normal bin which is dangerous for the environment. Definitely more bins and PLEASE, make them covered bins, when they are full the wind always carries things around. More education on recycling in the schools. I live close to a very good secondary school but still the kids often throw their snacks' packaging on the floor and leave the bottles and cans in the bushes. If they knew what that means for the environment, besides for the normal sense of education, they would possibly be more careful.
Definitely needs to be more onus on supermarkets to reduce unnecessary packaging, especially plastic rather than place more pressure consumers. Also needs to be a push to help people reduce their use in general - recycling is great, but it can make consumers feel like they can use more because they balance this out through their recycling habits.
Finally, we people need to know that everything they put in a recycling bin is being recycled and not just shipped to another country to be burnt or buried. Councils should be more transparent about the journey of recycled goods and where they end up.
More recycling bins . The ones on street I don't believe do get recycled. More recycling of all plastic packaging. Get businesses to use less plastic on food and drink packaging. Clearer labelling on big bins in blocks flats. Do some feedback about what recycling has done to encourage people to do more. Give out large strong bags like the ikea ones to keep in flats for recycling.
Less plastic wrapping by supermarkets.Litter should be outlawed seriously.Plastic bags replaced
with paper or card by law.Chewing gum fines for the makers ,The pavements are covered in the stuff but they don't care.Take away meals are big culprits of litter.
I completely agree. A tax on chewing gum that goes directly to street cleaning.
A tax on takeaway shops to go directly to street cleaning.
Enforcing takeaway shops to clean up the mess left by their customers
Paper bags for supermarket fruit and vegetables.