I’ve been shocked by the crap curbside recycling schemes in Britain since moving here three years ago.
Despite an EU crackdown on waste disposal, which forced the UK Government to promise to cut the amount of biodegradable waste going to landfill by 50 per cent from 1995 levels by 2013, not much has changed in Birmingham.
My street is part of a “pilot” scheme which means I’m lucky enough to have plastics, glass, paper and even green garden waste collected regularly.
But friends who live only a few streets away are forced to lug their plastic waste to our neighborhood so it can be recycled. While this couple are recycling die-hards, I would guess that most of their neighbours do not lovingly stockpile their plastic for weeks in aid of the environment.
Thankfully Birmingham does have a few saving graces. Local supermarkets often have recycling banks for bottles and cans, clothing and even shoes.
Today I dropped two pairs of boots, which I haven’t worn all winter, in the shoe bank. I try to employ the seasonal rule when deciding whether to chuck clothing or shoes: If you’ve worn it at least once this season, you can keep it, if not: DONATE and DECLUTTER.
Plus it felt good to make some space on the crowded shoe rack. The only snag is whether there are any other big-footed women in Britain… I wear a size 10(!)