Bottling it

It’s been several months since they were last done, but today our glass recycling boxes are being emptied. Yay!

The sense of excitement in the street is palpable.

Our glass box filled to overflowing a long time back, and so we put all the bottles in carrier bags and took them to our local recycling site, up at the supermarket.  Unfortunately, the skip was already completely full, so we had to leave them by the side in carrier bags… along with about a thousand others!

And now the box is full again, so much so, that I have had to transfer some into another box as it was getting too heavy to lift.

But it doesn’t matter, because – as I said – the council have started glass collections once again.

And I realised – as I was walking the dog this morning and nosing at what types of glass people have put in their collection boxes – it’s possible (to some degree) to tell a person’s personality, from what they throw away and how they dispose of it.

Take the people at number 34 in the next road. They have three glass collection boxes sitting outside, with the glass all sorted into clear, green and brown. They are obviously very meticulous about things.  I would say that they are probably late risers too – possibly retired – as they must never have seen the glass being collected. If they had, they would know that there is no point in separating it, because it all ends up being thrown together into the back of the bin lorry.

The couple across the road from us have the bottles in their crate all neatly stood up in rows, with other bottles placed neck down in the spaces, to optimise space.  Unsurprisingly, they are both accountants and probably have an eye for efficiency.

The collection box at the house round the corner, is almost exclusively filled with Bovril jars.  Not sure what that says about them, other than the fact they obviously enjoy a beefy bedtime drink.

And, just a few doors away there is a collection box with nothing but empty, fancy wine bottles in it, which – when compared to our own box, which is predominantly full of various beer bottles and empty Dolmio jars – makes me think that they probably have an air of sophistication about them.

Or  – as I actually know them to be – maybe they are just a couple of piss-heads with more money than us.

5 Comments

  1. Frances

    I find it ridiculous that different councils have such varying ways of collecting household waste. Here, in Harpenden, only 5 miles from you, we put our glass into a black wheelie along with tins and plastic. How much easier it would be if the whole country did the same? When I was helping to look after my old lady, the carers( probably from other areas) just dumped their own sandwich wrappers and plastic bottles etc. into the wrong bins and I had to fish it all out again. Can’t tell you how many cross notes I used to leave for them!! (We also have a green wheelie for garden waste, a black box for newspapers and cardboard, and a green ” caddy” for food waste, and a brown wheelie for everything else..mainly dog poo in bags in our case !)

    • Masher

      It seems that no-one in local government spoke to anyone else, when deciding on recycling bin colours. We have a green bin for recycling – which kind of makes sense. But everything goes in it: paper; cardboard; tin cans; plastics. But not glass. Whereas, over in your neck of the woods, green is for garden waste.
      There needs to be standardisation and more education as to what can and can’t go in, otherwise some people will never get the hang of it.

  2. Alan

    ‘and on Hayling Island….
    Grey bins general household, green bins recycling, cardboard, plastic & cans but no glass. Have to take glass to bins dotted around Hayling. Brown bin for garden waste. Thankfully no food waste bin.
    Local governments cannot even agree about something as serious as covid so no chance on agreeing about what bins we should be using.
    Not to mention tourists using the beach as a bin. Now don’t start me on that one.
    Hope everyone is keeping ok out there.

    • Masher

      Well, at least our bin colours match: Luton… twinned with Hayling Island. 🙂
      They did trial a food waste bin here a while back – blue, it was. Never caught on.

  3. Brennig

    Rushcliffe Borough Council tell me that glass is not recyclable. Well, not in so many words. But it isn’t. I’m jealous of your bottle-related social hierarchy

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