Define irony

I’m an avid recycler. In fact, I now actually cringe if I have to put a glass, plastic bottle or tin can in the regular trash. I go so far as to take my recyclable rubbish with me if I’m not able to recycle it there on the spot.

I think it’s true to say of most people who recycle that they’re inclined to make a little bit of extra effort in order to do their recycling. Indeed, in most cases where recycling pickups don’t happen, you will need to keep your recycling in your house until such point that you can take it to a nearby recycling centre and then deposit your stuff in the appropriate bins. This certainly requires extra effort, and perhaps, recyclers do feel a tad smug about their apparent helping to save the planet. I’m not saying they’re on the same level as the sanctimonious wankers who drive a Prius – I don’t care what you say Top Gear reporter Paul Horrell, it’s a shit car, stop saying it’s good – but nevertheless, the very fact that people are prepared to put the extra effort to separate your stuff and then actually take half an hour out of a weekend to go and deposit it, says something.

Well, it says something about some people. I’m not sure what it says about these people:

Recycling madness
Recycling madness

In case that’s not clear… virtually all of the visible plastic bottles in the near-overflowing plastic bottle recycling bin still have their plastic tops on, despite the BIG sign that says please remove bottle tops (presumably because they can’t be recycled).

So, the types of people who care enough to actually separate and keep their recyclable material, take it down to the recycling centre on their own time, put it in the right bin… can’t manage a further 3 seconds just to remove the bottle tops and put them in the regular trash.


1 Comment

  1. Because we recycle, we put out 1 bin bag a week. The people opposite us usually have about 5, for a 4 person house. We both pay the same amount for our bins to be collected. It’s criminal.

    When we went to Finland last year, what they did, was that they add a little tax on the glass, tins and bottles whenever you bought something, and when you were finished with the bottle, you put it in this machine that scans the bottle, and sends it along some conveyors into the right recycling bin. It prints out a receipt, you take the receipt back to the store, and get your tax back. I think that was one of the best ideas for recycling, don’t recycle, pay more. That’s what they should bring to Guernsey


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.