A red sticker appeared on my grey household waste bin this week stating that I could no longer use my HOUSEHOLD WASTE bin for:
I already have a brown bin for my garden waste and compostable goods.
This begs the question – what on Earth can I use my grey household waste bin for?
My grey bin used to be collected once a week. It would often be full. I am sure that I will soon be advised that my grey bin will only be collected once a fortnight. And, frankly, this will make perfect sense for it will be empty. It will be empty for I am not allowed to put anything in it which might pass for the normal definition of “household waste”.
My problem is that all other “bins” are collected only once a fortnight and that the single “bin” that I have for each variety – blue for bottles, jars and cans; brown for garden waste; red for plastics; green for paper and cardboard – is insufficient for my demand.
I live in Cheshire for heaven’s sake, my two weekly consumption of wine means that the blue bin is overflowing even before I get to the empty tins of chopped tomatoes with basil and chick peas. It takes me two hours to cut the lawn so you can be sure that the brown bin is full. And, just a single Sunday Times complete with magazines and other inserts is sufficient to fill a green bag.
And, I resent the fact that I have to further damage the environment by washing everything out before inserting it into each of the multi-coloured bins (all of which clash terribly with the kitchen decor!) just in case the bin man was to get his hands dirty…….
But at least the cat is happy – he won’t have as far to go to get his fill of mice, rats, flies, wasps and other such vermin.
And, why do they make all of the recycling bins out of plastic? How on Earth will we dispose of them when they have worn out?
Seriously though, can someone tell me what I can put in my grey bin?