Recycling And Where You Live.

Fri Mar 09, 2001 11:42 am

I'm curious to find out what kinds of recycling or environmental programs you local government area or council conducts.

In my own LGA, the council provides "Otto Bins" (dumpsters) which have a partition down the middle. One half is for non-recycling the other for recyclable items. This is emptied by the council garbage / recycling truck once a week. The clever design means that the one truck can take both loads. As the truck pulls up in front of your house, a laser guided clamp grabs your bin and empties your garbage into two separate areas of the truck. And very cleverly, as it starts to put the bin down, it sprays a disinfectant / deodorant solution into it.

There is a price to pay for this service. There are strict guidelines on how and what goes into your garbage. If your bin is not completely closed, or is overflowing it will not be emptied. You must then contact the council and receive a charge for them to collect it.

Secondly, if you deliberately mix items (like food scraps in the recycle part) your garbage will not be emptied either. How they can tell this is a mystery to me as the garbage truck has only one worker and that is the driver. It's happened to my neighbours though!

We also have a once fortnightly collection of garden scraps, like old leaves, tree branches etc etc. These are collected and mulched on the spot where the 'mulch' is used for the many gardens and parks in my area. The council on request will also supply at about half retail cost composting bins, worms etc etc. They will also provide on occasion native plants if you want them in your garden.

If you have any larger items to go to the dump, they also have quarterly clean up days.


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RE: Recycling And Where You Live.

Fri Mar 09, 2001 12:06 pm

Here in the U.S. it's generally by state and local municipality.

In several Eastern U.S. states (and maybe others) like NY, NJ, CT, ME, there is an aluminum can-deposit tacked on to the price of any canned beverage purchase. Then you can take the cans back for recycling and get (usually) five cents back for each can. Come to think of it, I used to do glass recycling that way, too.

I know that in New York City there are pretty strict recycling rules -- you have to separate your garbage or you can get fined. I think they do white paper, newspapers, aluminum, scrap metals, glass, and magazines. Perhaps more.

Most municipalities require some separation of garbage, at the least into household garbage and bulk trash.

A lot of institutions also contract with private recycling businesses to try to save money. The college where I work recycles white paper.

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RE: Recycling And Where You Live.

Fri Mar 09, 2001 2:22 pm

In Toronto, we have a Blue recycling box (for metal and plastic) and a green/grey recycling box (paper). It is picked up once a week along with the garbage. There is no restriction on how much you can throw out or recycle.

However, my father used to be in charge of the department that overlooks the recycling program - and he doubts that it has a huge effect on the environment. Many recycling companies are simply stockpiling plastic and metal hoping for the price to go up - not recycling it. Also, there is a bit of a conspiracy amoung the beveridge companies putting pressure on the government not to adopt a deposit on cans.
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RE: Recycling And Where You Live.

Fri Mar 09, 2001 8:44 pm

Germany takes things a bit too far for my personal tastes:

In my home town, garbage has to be sorted into:
-Brown Glass
-Green Glass
-White Glass
-Biological Waste
-Recyclable Packagings
-rest waste

Each of those is emptied on a two-week cycle - the biological waste at the end of it is very very smelly, disgusting and frankly unhygienic. No disinfectant is sprayed. The bins often get overfilled. It is just a mess.

PS: I just went mad when going into a McDonalds in Frankfurt once (about two years ago): Recycling into
-the styrofoam coke cups
-the plastic lids and straws
-the paper on the tablet
-the burger wrappings
-the burger paper packaging and fries packaging
-food remains

I mean, McDonalds is synonym for bad environment pollution due to bad waste management, they're not supposed to do that and become virtuous!  Big grin
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RE: Recycling And Where You Live.

Fri Mar 09, 2001 9:47 pm

Here in Vienna/Austria we do have a recycling management since about 25 years i guess. It started with paper and glass and now well there is a municipality departement for waste management.

We are sorting the garbage into:

Paper (every building has to have this collecting stations)

used edible oil (that one used for fries, etc.)**

**special "waste collecting centers" covering the entire city

bulky garbage like old furniture stuff, ovens, etc.***
building rubble***
hazardous waste (chemical stuff like batteries, paint, etc., including refridgerators, used oil, etc.)**/***

** in "household" quantity -> waste collecting centers
*** special collecting centers for industrial waste

More information (unfortunately only in german language) available at:

Regards Rickster

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