A Lotta Bottle

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” – Robert Swan.

This weekend the Photo Challenge on GC and my site Weekly Prompts is Bottlesseagull and poster I’m not surprised this seagull is looking concerned!

Beer Bottles at MillstonesGin Bottles at MillstonesYorkshire BrewWe 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?

IKEA rug recycled plastic

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.

Village Recycling paper and electricals

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!

Bottle BagI 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.

(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2019 Photo Challenge Bottles from Weekly Prompts


39 thoughts on “A Lotta Bottle

  1. GREAT post! GREAT quote!

    HA! on the pub and party comments from people! 😛

    We are HUGE on recycling everything that can be recycled. Each home is given a large rolling blue bin to put papers, bottles, and cans in. They give you a list of what can and cannot be recycled. Then once a week you put the bin out to the road and they come and dump the bins and take the stuff to the recycling plant. (We, also, have bins for leaves, branches, grass clippings, etc. and, of course, garbage bins.)

    Love your new little rug! It looks so soft! Great idea for recycled plastic! 🙂
    If I had one, Coops would claim it as his to nap on! 😉 😀

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    1. Your system sounds exactly the same as our household setup, except for the glass bottles, that’s the only waste the council in this area doesn’t collect.

      I think Woody would love the little rug too, though it wouldn’t stay white for very long! He hasn’t seen it because I don’t allow him upstairs. Thank you Carolyn, 🙂

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    2. PS. I checked in on Sarah (El Bob) the other day, she says they are still finding it very hard to deal with.
      I’m finding it hard to get him off my mind and I suspect that you are the same Carolyn. xx🙂

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      1. Yes, me, too. I think of him often. And every single time I log in to WP I feel the loss of him here. 😦
        I e-mailed her and then heard back last week. Yes, they are struggling. 😦 Which is normal, as you know too well. 😦
        She said she hopes to put up a new photo post on his blog soon.

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    1. At home, we have the usual black dustbin, a green recycling bin for plastic, paper and cans and both are emptied fortnightly on a rota, and there is also a brown one for garden waste that is emptied monthly, but unfortunately, we don’t have one for glass bottles and jars. Thank you Derrick.

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  2. We live in an inner city apartment in Western Australia and recycling is super easy for us because appropriate bins in the basement are used to collect waste of different kinds. People are employed to put the bins outside for curbside collections each week. I’m grateful not to have the hassle.

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    1. I like that idea Maureen. Our domestic recycling is collected from home alongside the general garbage, but we’re not provided with a bin for glass bottles, more’s the pity! Thank you Maureen.


  3. I have a similar problem when taking our bottles to the local bottle bank. Now, if anyone mentions it, I tell them that I collect the bottles for some elderly neighbours ! The two bottle banks we have take mixed glass, which is very useful.

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    1. You will know exactly where our village bottle bank is. I think we have six bins, but this is a bigger village than yours. Have you heard about all the new houses or seen the building site? Leeds Road will be a nightmare, I hope they do something about the bottom of Church Hill.

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      1. She’s right! It’s difficult turning right as it is. The primary school isn’t big enough to take all the extra kids either. Even if they were given permission to increase class sizes, the classrooms are too small.

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    1. Oh, Peter. now you’ve spoilt it!
      I bought it to cover up a red wine stain that has faded well, but won’t wash out completely. It covers the stain but is a very small rug and looks a bit odd as though randomly placed for no reason.

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      1. Sorry, but it’s a fact of life. I’m sure that in 20, 30, 40, or 50 years time everyone will wonder how we could have been so stupid to rely on petrochemicals for so long. I suspect that lots of things will be found to have a causal link. Cancers, autism, dementia, mental illness, aggression, to name but a few.
        Happy Saturday. Keep smiling. x.

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      2. Happy Saturday to you too. Mine has been spent glued to the television watching the debate in parliament and the response to the amendment!

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  4. Excellent post. The most bizarre aspect to recycling in the UK is that each local authority does it slightly differently. Some don’t recycle foodwaste, some have bottle banks rather than bins for collecting – etc etc. Surely, recycling is one of those things where there has to be an absolute best way of doing it? I’m not a great one for centralised power or micro-managing, but fail to see why someone doesn’t just say, “Right, this is what you’re all going to do and how – now get on with it.”

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  5. Murphy's Law

    Here in our corner of Orange County, NY, USA, we’re provided with two trash receptacles. One for household waste and one for glass (any color), plastic, paper and metal. The problem is, very often when the waste truck comes through, the driver empties BOTH cans in his truck, so nothing is getting recycled. These are not trucks with two separate compartments….one for trash and one for recyclables. Phone calls remedy the situation for a couple of weeks, but that’s all.

    We live in a manufactured home park, and so far the park picks up the lawn debris and disposes of it. We just leave it by, but not on, the road. And it’s strictly for yard debris, nothing else.

    I do a lot of reusing or repurposing to cut back on stuff that will otherwise sit in a landfill for centuries.

    Kudos to our friends across the Pond. You’re doing a more thorough job of recycling than we seem to be!

    This is a terrific post Sue, and such a good subject to get people thinking about.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Thank you, Ginger. I think most of us are better at recycling than we used to be. Such a shame that the refuse driver is so incompetent, or maybe that’s the fault of the city for not providing the appropriate truck.

      There are plenty of people over here who really couldn’t care less, but I suppose that’s the same at your side of the pond too.
      Thank you again Ginger. Have a lovely weekend 🙂


  6. I remember taking bottles back to get a penny deposit. We used to climb over the fence into the Stag and Pheasant pub in the village and take some bottles and then go to the off licence to claim the deposit and buy some sweets. Happy days!

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    1. My brother and I did something very similar, we were even cheeky enough to knock on neighbours doors, asking if they had any empties, my mother used to call us a pair of beggars! It’s only now that I realise she meant it literally!

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  7. gc

    Great post Susan. You are spot on as far as the way bottles are recycled in my neck of the woods. I like the idea of having the bottle and cardboard/paper return bins in shopping mall lots. Next February plastic bags will become a thing of the past. Right now they are “free floaters” — shoppers throw the bags away and that means they end up all over the stores parking lot. Bravo. 🙂

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    1. We pay for the supermarket plastic carrier bags and have done for about three years. Most supermarkets have replaced the plastic bags (veg and bread departments) with brown paper bags which are pretty useless, but one supermarket, for small charge, has replaced them with white net bags which are brilliant.


    1. Good Morning Carolyn. Almost 7:45 AM here and I am well, but not quite ready to start the day, I could stay tucked up here in my bed for a lot longer! Thank you so much for asking. Hope all is good with you too. xx🙂

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