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