I WELCOME most ‘green’ proposals to help the environment. So with Solihull Council introducing doorstep collection of plastic and paper I welcomed this long overdue action.
However, this initiative is not what it at first appears as Solihull Council only wants ‘selected’ recyclable paper and plastic!
After returning home recently I found that most of the ‘recyclable’ card and some plastic which I had put out for collection were, along with other residents’ recyclable material, strewn all over the street. This had been clearly sorted by the council’s contractors and what was not wanted was left to litter the street.
So what is the purpose of recycling only selected recyclable plastic and paper but not the ‘other’ recyclable paper and plastic? I put this to Solihull Council. After much debate the answer was “we only want premium recyclable items as the re-sale value is far more favourable than the ‘other’ recyclable items.”
So it’s not about recycling it is about making money!
Dave Wright, Marston Green
I MUST write and express my absolute amazement at the new waste/recycling collections.
I have just come home from work and discovered a large amount of cardboard left outside my house that has not been collected.
1. I guess the Flymo box was left as it was for an appliance. Therefore what is the maximum thickness of cardboard I can recycle?
2. Why was the Flymo box not taken with the rest of my waste? It would have been three weeks ago. Is it because it would not fit in the black wheelie bin and if it doesn’t fit it doesn’t get taken? Could the binman not use some common sense.
3. The other cardboard was household boxes so why were they left?
4. If I am recycling too much, meaning that it will not fit in the plastic boxes provided, would you prefer it if I put the rubbish in with the normal waste and defeat the whole object of the initiative?
Richard Campbell-Kelly, Cranford Grove, Solihull
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