Recycling – Why we’ll be trying to reduce the packaging we buy

20120929-083120.jpgSo this week see’s the start of Midlothian Council’s NEW recycling plans. Don’t get me wrong, we are big into recycling here and we have been since I worked at Friends of the Earth. We have always recycled everything we can.

But this week instead of getting a weekly collection we move from using our little boxes below to our massive blue wheelie bin.

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As I say I know why we do it, but after having a play date yesterday and two days at home with the kids I realised just how much recyclate we are actually collecting, having to wash out and then put into our big blue wheelie bin (pic below). The wheelie bin will now take everything:

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  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Foil
  • Aerosol cans
  • Cans
  • Cartons
  • Food packaging
So we’ve been rinsing things out and leaving them to dry on the draining board and then putting them by the back door to recycle. I can’t believe how much recycling we do and how much packaging is on our food and other things we buy. To save my entire kitchen looking like a recycling hub, I will be trying to reduce the packaging that we bring home from the food we buy. Maybe I’ll do what we used to do as part of our campaign to reduce food packaging and leave it all behind on the counter at Tesco. Do you think they’d take notice?

 
 

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