Edinburgh council is great at recycling, but you need to make an effort. We kept missing the weekly recycling pick up, our boxes got broken or stolen and we were angry they were thinking about picking up rubbish every 2 weeks – how would we cope. All the supermarkets produce so much ‘stuff’ around their products there is loads to put somewhere, and we found going to the tip regularly too much work and as we were never organised enough to get the right box out at the right time for the Council pick-up, had to think about something else. So we bought two nice (very big) plastic boxes to go next to our bins, a bit like horse feed boxes – and labelled them with what we could and couldn’t put in them. Once the kids got the hang of it they led the way – challenging everything that went into “normal” rubbish that we didn’t think about recycling. We now take these with us every week to the supermarket and have started a habit which is not too onerous and recycles most of what we can – not perfect but significant and we have halved our “normal” rubbish. Now the council has gone to a pick-up of general rubbish every 2 weeks we can manage this easily and recycling has become “normal”.
Guest blog by a member of my church – this is the second of a short series