More Recycling Questions for Thanet District Council

The first collection day in Ramsgate under the new system seems to have gone well, fortunately not windy so our red bag is still here,  I did take the precaution of putting my address on it should it make a bid for freedom in the future.

As you know we burnt most of our rubbish on Bonfire Night (sorry neighbours), so this week our bins were fairly empty.

The brown food bin had hardly any thing in it – it has a huge capacity compared to what we might need, I really don’t see this as a problem for us (no my darling husband, we do not need a waste disposal unit – NO I do not want one for Christmas! Men and gadegets!).  We did not burn any food waste on Bonfire night, no burnt offering to the Gods in Percy Jackson style…. (I recommend the books not the films).

I have just fired off a load of questions to TDC, however.  Lets see what you think:

What are we going to do with all the waste paper & card at Christmas.  May not be everyone’s problem but we have 3 children we could possibly fill 10 of those red sacks with wrapping, packing and envelopes around 25th December.

Are we supposed to cut up and wash the tetrapacs? Does it matter if we don’t? – I can’t, I just can’t! In fact, I’m not going to buy any more orange juice.

Where are the tetrapacs going to be recycled – does it actually happen?  Only a few years ago there was no recycling plant in the UK because it was not economically viable to break down this complex packaging.  Things change, of course, but I would like to know….

There are more questions I didn’t ask.  Do you know?

I know some glass can be put in the blue bin and some can’t – but I do not think I will ever remember or get it right.  Today I think a wine bottle went, with the screw lid on.  I got that wrong.  What will happen?

Why can they take some glass but not others – I’m always breaking drinking glasses but they can’t recycle that – they say.  Can they take coffee jars?  What if it is carte noire instant coffee – let’s be specific now.

What if there is still some malt wheats tucked inside the flaps at the bottom of the breakfast cereal box?

What if there are metal staples in with the shredded paper?

What kind of strange brain do I have that makes me want to know the answer to questions like these – when i know the vast majority of people don’t think like this.  Help me!!!


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