Where You Wheely Bin

OK so it’s been an exciting weekend

Sadly I didn’t get to witness the giant projections in person, but you can see them on this film:

After all that excitement, you’d think that Bin Day might have been a bit of an anticlimax, but no! Cycling down into town on Tuesday lunchtime, I spotted that our neighbour’s wheely bin had gained two pals as Bigtownshire finally joins the 20th Century and gets a doorstep recycling programme

Wheely bin with two recycling wheely bins

Indeed, all the wheely bins that had been put out on the route into town had company.

This left us (OK, me) slightly anxious that we had been left out as we don’t have a wheely bin so we hadn’t been given any pals for it. I made a mental note to phone up and check, but then forgot about it. And yesterday, having returned home after a somewhat frustrating day, for reasons that were only tangentially related to the coonsil, we discovered that we too have recycling facilities, in the form of two stout canvas sacks, a large red one for cans, plastic and packets and a slightly smaller one – as designed by someone who clearly doesn’t take a daily newspaper* – for paper and card. There’s also a handy leaflet and calendar so we can join the rest of the country in having impassioned discussions about what can and can’t go in the recycling and what is supposed to be going out when (in my experience, these leaflets tend to raise more questions than they answer in these situations).

Now all we have to do is wait for Actual Recycling Day to come around (12 more sleeps!). I know, you can hardly wait.

* Annoyingly, it’s got just slightly too small a footprint to fit an unfolded tabloid (as the Guardian now is). Who designs these things?

4 Responses to Where You Wheely Bin

  1. another added joy of the multiple bins (or bags) is ‘what bin is it this week?’ , combined with ‘do you really think they recycle it?’ I used to find the ‘just stick it all in one bin and we’ll sort it out’ approach in D and G slightly reassuring. Enjoy!

  2. disgruntled says:

    yeah, unfortunately the ‘we’ll sort it out’ part didn’t really bear closer scrutiny.

  3. Tanja says:

    Here in Germany every city has another bin system. So here we have a bin for Round, which means glass, dirty plastic etc and a bin for Flat, which means paper, foil, carton etc. In the next city it is a different system, hard to process!

  4. disgruntled says:

    I like the simplicity of that!

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