Minimal plastics recycling is truly rubbish

Accuse me of being a Womble if you must (and you could, but that’s another story) but I’ve been thinking about my rubbish.

A strange topic to ponder, you might think, but I care about his environment and his planet.

I looks forward to finding the time to enjoy the opportunities presented by using pedalos at Earlswood Lakes.

However, I have sympathy with those who think that surveys really should have been carried out about the impact on wildlife, before permission was given for the pedalos on the top lakes.

Talking about he environment, in the wider sense, it is shocking just how little of the “plastic” we use can actually be recycled.

When plastic recycling was introduced in Reigate and Banstead – about 100 years after it was in many other areas –  it would have been easy to assume that one could recycle every yoghurt pot top (not just the pot), every piece of cellophane that was wrapped around flowers for your beloved, plus every piece of plastic wrapped around celery, etc.

Not so.

“Not currently recyclable” is the all-too-infuriating instruction under the all-too-frequent symbol on much of this packaging.

To add insult to injury – or, if you like, to add to the pile of plastic which destroys wildlife on our beaches, heathlands or goes straight to landfill – once the Government edict was issued about charges for plastic bags last October, our borough council stopped collecting them as part of our plastics recycling.

So if it could be recycled before, why not now?  Did the relevant machines or mechanism to deal with this type of plastic break down all of a sudden?

You can now recycle “single use” (not an accurate description) carrier bags “at larger supermarket stores”. So as long as you live near a “larger store” (however that is defined) you can take your plastic bags – for which you had the privilege of paying – back to the very store where you bought them. If you can be bothered, or remember. Not for a refund, mind. Recycling your plastic would merely make your conscience feel that little bit better.

Sadly, there is no such facility to recycle these plastic bags in Redhill’s Sainsbury’s.

You used to be able to.  But people put all sorts of rubbish in the designated container…general rubbish …. half eaten sandwiches ….

Humans, eh?

We’d rather take advantage, incorrectly, of an environmental campaign than actually engage with it properly and take proper responsibility for ourselves and our little patch of the world.

If you look after the pennies, the pounds look after themselves, goes the saying, and the same applies when doing our bit for our surroundings. If you can’t change the world, make a difference in your own area. The solution seems to be simple: put the relevant bin next to the security guard near the exit, so people won’t misuse the bin.

There are other bits of plastic which would be included in the “return to supermarket” method of recycling. There are several different types of plastic. But we, as a society, seem able to only recycle shockingly few types of plastic. More types should be collected from the kerbside. Let’s start with those plastic bags the supermarkets are only too keen to sell you, but won’t always – it seems – do everything they can to take back.

Supermarkets, corporations, businesses serving the public really should do more to limit the amount of plastic they use in their packaging, in favour of more degradable material. Why, for example, does every type of fruit and vegetable in a supermarket come in an option that is smothered in plastic? With “film” plastic on the top, that you can’t recycle? In Hollywood films from even 30 years ago, depicting people shopping in the United States, groceries were packed into big paper bags.

Yes, paper. Quite strong paper. It might fall apart quicker, but at least you can recycle it or it degrades and doesn’t damage the environment.

Once, a supermarket told the author “plastic bags are cheaper to transport than paper bags, because they weigh less” as its excuse for not using paper.

Are we really less advanced than the country where Donald Trump is a leading candidate to become a party’s representative for President?

Don’t answer that.

Yet market stalls – including in Redhill – sell fruit and veg in paper bags. It is even cheaper than in the supermarket to buy the produce.

The answer would be to work for one of these big corporations and help them become a market leader in being more environmentally friendly by using recyclable material to put around products.

Supermarkets should apply within…