“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” – Robert Swan.
We brew more than our famous Yorkshire Tea up here in the North of England! But what happens to all these bottles when we’ve supped the contents?
Over the years GC and I have had more than one conversation about what happens to our empty bottles and the differences between our two countries Canada and England in the way we deal with recycling.
In Canada, at least in Gerry’s area, the empty bottles are taken to privately owned bottle depots, and a small payment is given to the person returning the bottle. England used to do a similar thing, but that was a long time ago. My understanding is that Canada is good at recycling/reusing glass bottles, but not so good about recycling plastic bottles with 91% dumped in landfill and incinerators. I’m sure Gerry will correct me here if I’ve misunderstood. So, what happens in your neck of the woods?
Digressing here slightly, the other day I purchased this little rug from IKEA. It was created from recycled plastic, and is so soft I almost want to snuggle with it! Recycled Plastic-Learn More
These days, the UK is pretty big on recycling. The EU target for the UK is to recycle at least 50% of household waste by 2020. In 2017 England had reached 45.2%, compared with 46.3% in Northern Ireland, 43.5% in Scotland and 57.6% in Wales. At a guess, I’d say my household recycles approximately 75% of all household waste.
We recycle glass bottles by delivering them to the appropriate bottle banks. Some areas provide householders with recycling bins specifically for glass bottles and jars, but not so my area.
Supermarket carparks (parking lots) have recycling areas, and not just for glass bottles. Clothing, shoes, paper and small electrical goods can be recycled, and in the foyer of my local supermarket, there is also an area for unwanted books and specific bins for used batteries and plastic carrier bags.
At home, my habit was to store our glass bottles and jars in the garage, and when I had a few boxes of empties I would load them into the boot of the car (trunk) and take them to the bottle bank in the village carpark.
On one such trip, a stranger asked me if I was the pub landlady, and moments later, an acquaintance passed by and commented, “Looks like it was a good party, Sue!” Rather than explain, I lied and said: “Yes, thank you!” Oh, how embarrassing!
I made a mental pledge to stop storing bottles and visit the bottle bank more often, and I’ve stuck to it. These days when my solitary little bottle bag is full of glass bottles and jars, I pop it into the car, and as I pass by the village carpark, I drop off the bottles.
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