Recycling

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The Medway Handyman

We have three bins in our kitchen, one for food scraps, one for
recycling (don't have to sort it, everything goes in one bag), and a
third for 'general waste'.

It occurs to me, that we throw out either food waste or recycling stuff.
What would you throw away that doesn't fall into either of those
categories?

I'd like to get rid of the 'general waste' bin.
 
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Steve

We have three bins in our kitchen, one for food scraps, one for
recycling (don't have to sort it, everything goes in one bag), and a
third for 'general waste'.

It occurs to me, that we throw out either food waste or recycling stuff.
What would you throw away that doesn't fall into either of those
categories?

I'd like to get rid of the 'general waste' bin.
You are lucky to have just three bins...

we have a brown wheelie for garden waste
Green box for cardboard and paper
Blue box for cans and plastic
Black box for glass
brown box with lid for food waste
lilac plastic bag for textiles
clear plastic bag for batteries
black wheelie bin for general waste
Another box for light bulbs

Like you I don't put very much into the general waste bin.

In my case its mainly filled with

ash from my wood burner
sawdust from carpentry
off cuts of chipboard or plywood (unless I've got loads in which case a
trip to the tip is needed.)
cat vomit from resident cat
dead birds brought in by resident cat
dead mice brought in by resident cat
dead frogs brought in
"walnut whips" left by visiting dog (belongs to M.I.L)
empty paint cans. I tried leaving these with the food cans but the
operatives were having none of it
used worn paint brushes and other general D-I-Y emptied consumables.
used rags that hev went paint/sealant on them etc.

I can see that for families, there is probably used disposable nappies
as well.

As this is collected fortnightly alternating with the garden waste bin,
I sometimes use both wheelie bins for garden waste and put them out the
same day, leaving the black wheelie bin lid open so the operatives can
see its garden waste.
 
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stuart noble

We have three bins in our kitchen, one for food scraps, one for
recycling (don't have to sort it, everything goes in one bag), and a
third for 'general waste'.

It occurs to me, that we throw out either food waste or recycling stuff.
What would you throw away that doesn't fall into either of those
categories?

I'd like to get rid of the 'general waste' bin.
polystyrene packaging from the big tele?
 
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stuart noble

I can see that for families, there is probably used disposable nappies
as well.

As this is collected fortnightly
And in this hot weather.....don't get me started
 
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Brian Gaff

Shredded paper apparently won't be accepted here as the fibres are too
short, certain plastics are also no good or items that have a mixture of
materials bonded together it seems. If you are more advanced in Kent, then
maybe they need to have a word in the ear of our mob.
Brian
 
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Tim Lamb

stuart noble said:
polystyrene packaging from the big tele?
What do people do with unwanted paint? I have tried taking the lid off
emulsion and find it takes weeks to solidify.

Over the years, I have accumulated 100l or so of oil based paint. Mainly
job lots at farm sales where the auctioneers have lumped crap with
saleable stuff. Anyone for festering JCB yellow?
 
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Andrew May

Shredded paper apparently won't be accepted here as the fibres are too
short, certain plastics are also no good or items that have a mixture of
materials bonded together it seems. If you are more advanced in Kent, then
maybe they need to have a word in the ear of our mob.
Brian
Ours won't take shredded paper for recycling but are quite happy for it
to go in the green compostable bin.
 
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tim.....

The Medway Handyman said:
We have three bins in our kitchen, one for food scraps, one for recycling
(don't have to sort it, everything goes in one bag), and a third for
'general waste'.

It occurs to me, that we throw out either food waste or recycling stuff.
What would you throw away that doesn't fall into either of those
categories?
The "instructions" on my recycling bin supplied by my new LA (one next to
yours) says that the only metal you can put in is tins and the only plastic
you can put in is bottles.

All other metal/plastic has to go in the general waste

tim
 
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Tim Watts

What do people do with unwanted paint? I have tried taking the lid off
emulsion and find it takes weeks to solidify.

Over the years, I have accumulated 100l or so of oil based paint. Mainly
job lots at farm sales where the auctioneers have lumped crap with
saleable stuff. Anyone for festering JCB yellow?
Lots of newspaper over the ground.
Pour paint over.

Leave to dry (a day).

Gather paper and take to dump or bury or burn.

I too have been there with clearing out a shed!

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Tim Watts

The "instructions" on my recycling bin supplied by my new LA (one next to
yours) says that the only metal you can put in is tins and the only
plastic you can put in is bottles.

All other metal/plastic has to go in the general waste

tim
That's pretty poor. Ours says types 1,2 or 3 plastics. They do not care what
form the plastic takes as long as it has a little triangle with the number
on the base (most items do these days).

Apparantly types 4+ are not worth anyone recycling.

I wish they would take glass.

Our paper collection is useless - no shredded, no plastic, no giftwrap, no
brown. I cannot be arsed so it all goes in the black bin. I use the paper
box as overflow for plastics (we fill 2 crates a fortnight).
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Tim Streater

The Medway Handyman said:
We have three bins in our kitchen, one for food scraps, one for
recycling (don't have to sort it, everything goes in one bag), and a
third for 'general waste'.

It occurs to me, that we throw out either food waste or recycling stuff.
What would you throw away that doesn't fall into either of those
categories?
Not much, these days:

* ash from woodburner
* bags from swingbin in kitchen which contains used tissues, plastic
film from food containers, dust from D*Y*S*O*N vaccums, ...
* A bag of now-redundant audio cables with DIN connectors
* Old VHS tapes
* Cat litter
* bits of grot, glass, picked up in garden
 
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Tim Streater

That's pretty poor. Ours says types 1,2 or 3 plastics. They do not care what
form the plastic takes as long as it has a little triangle with the number
on the base (most items do these days).

Apparantly types 4+ are not worth anyone recycling.

I wish they would take glass.
Our new bloo wheely-bin takes glass, any plastic including drinks
cartons (but not plastic film from e.g. food containers), tins, and
there's a box that sits within it for cardboard and paper.

Then there's the green bin for garden waste - sometimes empty, sometimes
ram-a-jam full.

A small lockable grey bin for food waste (collected weekly, all others
every two weeks).

And a black bin for everything else. Quite often only put out once a
month.

I'd say our recycling is now at the practical limit.


When I lived in California, kerb-side recycling was introduced in 1983.
Three stackable containers for tins, glass, and paper. When I returned
to the UK in 1993 and mentioned this at a Parish Council meeting, I was
told it would never catch on here.
 
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Huge

You are lucky to have just three bins...

we have a brown wheelie for garden waste
Green box for cardboard and paper
Blue box for cans and plastic
Black box for glass
brown box with lid for food waste
lilac plastic bag for textiles
clear plastic bag for batteries
black wheelie bin for general waste
Another box for light bulbs
I'd send a bill to your council for the time you spend sorting your rubbish,
a task you already pay them for.
 
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spuorgelgoog

Tim said:
Over the years, I have accumulated 100l or so of oil based paint. Mainly
job lots at farm sales where the auctioneers have lumped crap with
saleable stuff. Anyone for festering JCB yellow?
My local furniture recycling place take old paint, mix it up with other old paint, and turn it into magnolia.

Or you could offer to repaint your local chinese restaurant kitchen cheaply?

Owain
 
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Tim Streater

Huge said:
I'd send a bill to your council for the time you spend sorting your rubbish,
a task you already pay them for.
Rubbish. If you want them to do it, they'll have to charge more. If I
have an empty bottle or plastic drinks bottle in my mitt, how hard is it
to put it in the right container?
 
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Dave Liquorice

What would you throw away that doesn't fall into either of those
categories?
The stuff that isn't taken by the recyling... our kerbside collection
takes paper/card, hard plastic, metal and glass. It doesn't take
cartons but they make good fire starters along with CPC flyer pages
(not the glossy covers), squidged you can get an awful lot in a bin
bag, they eventually get taken to a HWRC near the weekly supermarket.

So for the general waste that leaves mainly plastic films of one sort
or another from food packaging, used bits of kitchen roll/tissue,
contents of vacuum and DIY detritus.
 
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Dave Liquorice

They take it down our local tip.
Fairly sure all the HWRC's that I'm likely to visit around here take
paint. Check on the local counties web site what any individual
center handles.
 
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Davey

It is going to vary from person to person and possibly depending upon
what is accepted for recycling. I produce little or no food waste in
a week. My general waste is about one swing bin full every week. I
can't say I have ever analysed what it consists of, but I suspect
most of it will be packaging of types that are not accepted for
recycling.

Colin Bignell
"....packaging of types that are not accepted for recycling."
The annoying items in this category here are juice cartons, egg cartons,
and 'pill strips', or whatever they're called, and all aerosols.
 
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Huge

Rubbish. If you want them to do it, they'll have to charge more. If I
have an empty bottle or plastic drinks bottle in my mitt, how hard is it
to put it in the right container?
Harder than putting it in the single bin my council provide. Plus the
storage space. Sorting waste should be done by your council.
 

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