A Letter from Nantwich

August 2007 (3)

Praise for recyclers

Well . . . almost

The Snow Hill car park recycling centre

CONGRATULATIONS to Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council recycling staff. New bins in recycling centres throughout the borough - including the Snow Hill car park, Nantwich - are for foil and "paper-based liquid food and drink cartons" (such as Tetrapak cartons - although there are other brands).

  Yes, I really am heaping praise on the council people - as opposed to my moans in previous Letters from Nantwich! Councils throughout the country have come in for some stick for things such as fortnightly wheelie bin collections (alternating between general refuse and recycling bins) and people wondered if councils were really serious about encouraging recycling when obstacles were put in the way of people wanting to recycle. "Not in that bin - keep the lid closed - don't put your bin out on the wrong day" - with penalties threatened.

   But now Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council seem to be "playing ball" and providing bins for items that cannot go into the ordinary recycling bin. So credit where it is due.

   Back in May (in this letter) I commented that foil and Tetrapaks couldn't be added to the normal recycling bin. But such facilities, I was assured, were on the way "over the next couple of months". Three months is near enough spot on. 

   As I said then, collecting foil was quite common years ago.

   In an article in the Nantwich Chronicle of August 8 announcing the new bins, charity or community groups who wanted to collect foil were invited to contact Emma Owen, Waste Transfer Manager of Houston and Sons Ltd of Crewe on 01270 537889. 

   From this I would guess that all foil collected in the new bins will also end up with the Victoria Avenue, Crewe, company - no doubt earning money for the borough council's recycling efforts. An excellent thing.

   The point about "liquid food and drink cartons" is that they have to be lined so that the contents don't leak through the cardboard. The lining makes them unsuitable for normal cardboard recycling. They have to be collected separately and returned to the manufacturers for recycling.

   The new bin for foil came as a surprise to one lady I told about it. She thought she could put foil - usually used for food packaging - in her normal recycling bin. I wonder how many more people are doing this.   

   FINALLY . . . I had to laugh when I looked round the other side of the recycling centre and saw that the back of the foil recycling bin looked like this (picture right). A recycling bin that had been recycled!

   No doubt the same message (see also below) is on the front of the bin under the label. 

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