I am a a fan of Flylady, the Domestic Organization goddess, who suggests that one should not get caught up in guilt about recycling until one gets one’s act together–domestically.
And so I did not. I was an extremely sporadic recyler.
Then my county, South Oxfordshire, decided it did not want to be fined for over-use of landfill.
So it limited us to ONE wheelie bin of rubbish a fortnight, and one wheelie bit of recycling a fortnight.
What’s up with us? We can never manage to fit all our trash in that bin. Today, we took a trip to the tip with extra accumulated rubbish that the magpies were shredding open.
We even find it hard not to overfill our recyling.
But South Oxfordshire has certainly stumbled upon a very effective way of changing people’s behaviour. Limit the waste you clear, fine people who generate more than that (which somehow we do, I don’t understand how!) and provide bright new easy recycling bins.
I am actually happy to recycle now that it has become so easy for me. We just leave the bins in our driveway, and the county’s trash people collect it from there.