Week commencing the 13th May saw the last house to house refuse collection here on the ULR. A few days earlier five big bins, each with a capacity of 3200 litres, had been placed in the road within a few moments walk of my front door.
Now we all have to take our refuse, suitably bagged, to a nearby bin. We can do it anytime, so there is no need for a domestic dustbin, nor big plastic sacks. In fact its easier to get rid of stuff little and often. But people are struggling with the change, bringing huge bags they cannot lift to the entrance hole, or cannot push through it.
I have also heard the sacks crashing into empty bins, and clearly some folk have yet to grasp the idea of recycling glass. A lot is going into the refuse bins, probably with (quieter) cans and paper. I have designed a small sticker to put on each bin, urging people to do the right thing with the waste materials they create. (‘Interfering sod, hasn’t he got anything better to do?’).