I’ve recently really got into recycling.

Now I don’t mean I’m some scabby field dwelling twat, hugging trees and smelling of soil. Recycling, well in Chelmsford at least is pretty easy. We’ve got a selection of boxes and bags to fill with recycling stuff, the council provide us with –

Brown Bin – Garden Waste, Grass, Small Branches etc.
Little Green Bin – Food Waste, literally any leftovers, scraps, out of date food etc.
Big Green Bin – Cans, and Glass
Plastic Sacks – Plastic
Paper Sack – Paper
Cardboard Sack – Cardboard
Black Bin – Anything that doesn’t fit in the above.




Everything aside from the Black Bin and Little Green Bin collected each week and the rest are collected on a two week cycle.

I’m not entirely sure what made me change my ways, I used to just chuck EVERYTHING in the bin, not really thinking about it. But Essex County Council (or is it Chelmsford Borough Council), just make it so EASY to do. Once you get in the habit of sorting it all out it, it’s like second nature. I suppose the only downside is where do you keep it all? All the bins live happily outside, but the sacks don’t really, and in this weather would get blown away / reduced to a squishy smelly mess. Thankfully I’ve got a shed to store mine in, but I imagine it’s tricky for those without something like that!

The food recycling only started in December – I was a bit concerned about having a small bin in the kitchen with rotting food waste in. This quickly went away when up until now there had been a big bin in the kitchen with rotting food waste (ie. the normal bin!). The food recycling seems to work well, although it’s a shame that I think I’m the only person on our road who actually bothers with it. Everyone else seems well up for recycling their cardboard and plastics, but the food.. No. I’m sure if they offered some sort of slight council tax discount for households who did the ‘Full Monty’ of recycling then there would be more people doing it, but alas people are lazy. It is easier to sling stuff away than ‘think’ about doing it any differently.

So, do you recycle?

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