‘Where does your recycling go?’


I’m sure many of us wonder where our recycled materials go once collected from outside our house. With the UK on average now recycling 25% of its rubbish it is about time a great big news corporation like the BBC did a report on this.

They have finally done so and it is quite informative. The report follows three people, chosen by the journalist at random and their rubbish on the recycling trail. Surprisingly a fair amount appears to stay within the UK. Pictures included!

Check it out.

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8 Responses to ‘Where does your recycling go?’

  1. earthpal says:


    What I’d really like to see is a concerted effort to reduce plastic carrier bag usage in supermarkets. These things just can’t be broke down and they can only be re-used once or twice before they fall to pieces.

    When I was in France last year on hol the local supermarket sold these huge and very strong reusable shopping bags. And what’s more, everyone used them. We saw none of this packing groceries in millions of useless throwaway plastic bags.

    Our supermarkets here, just don’t promote it at all. The plastic bags are free and in endless suply which is no incentive to make a one-off purchase of the reusables.

    Anyway, we brought five of these bags home with us and we use them for every shopping trip now. It’s much easier.

  2. Pete Smith says:

    Love it or loathe it, the Aussie soap ‘Neighbours’ can be interesting. One thing I’ve noticed is that nobody ever brings the shopping home in a throwaway plastic carrier bag. They always use something worthy like string bags or sturdy green jobs with eco-logos on the side. Perhaps we should be looking at our soaps to promote environmental lifestyles.

  3. matt says:

    Good idea Pete. I’ll have a chat with one of the Eastender writers I know. (After 5 years of knowing him it looks like I’ve finally got the possibility of a story idea that he has taken to with relish. Has to convince the pool of writers & the bigwigs though.)

    Earthpal, most supermarkets around here offer strong reuseable bags. We’ve been using them for a few years now. I remember the days in NZ when rubbish was put out for collection in multi-walled paper bags! Plastic fantastic of course did away with that unfortunately.

  4. Pete Smith says:

    There’s good historical precedent for using soap operas as public information vehicles. ‘The Archers’ was originally conceived as a more palatable way of passing Min of Ag directives to farmers. A few years ago the idea was taken up (somewhere in Africa I think) when a new TV soap was created to combine family entertainment with health and social education.

  5. earthpal says:

    Yes, people probably don’t realise how much of a subliminal influence TV shows have on their viewers.

    Might be a good idea to try some ethical eco-influencing via the soaps. It must work, otherwise those huge advertising companies wouldn’t spend millions on “product placement” ads.

    Matt, the supermarkets around my area do sell the reusable bags but they’re always tucked away and the packing assistants just put everything into plastics automatically. When I go shopping, I never, ever see anyone using reusables.

    My grandma used to have a shopping bag on wheels. It was like a small suitcase on wheels and she could fit all her groceries in. Everyone used them apparently. I think I’ve still got my granny’s somewhere. Retro is in now so maybe I’ll get it out and start using it. It might catch on. πŸ™‚

  6. matt says:

    Being outer-inner London where I live believe it or not people still walk to the shops. The elderly predominantly do their main shopping daily this way around here and yes, some use those trolley things. I think they’re great. Have thought that a new jazzier line should be introduced with go faster strips. Nike, Addidas πŸ™‚ .

  7. Pete Smith says:

    Jamie Oliver has used one of those ‘old lady’ shopping trolleys for yonks. Probably only when the cameras are there to capture the post-ironic retail experience.

  8. matt says:

    Of course! The ‘Jamie Oliver’ range of shopping bags on wheels. Must email that press woman at Sainsburys ….

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