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Do they want us to recycle or not?

dmccabe Avatar
8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
I work for a company that is notoriously tight when it comes to spending cash, which is not always great, but you can understand it from a business point of view.

I have been on at them for a while about the amount of Paper and Card they go through and how they should re-cycle instead of throwing it away. However to get recycling at your work place you have to pay for special collections (please correct me if I am wrong).

So I decided that if they bought a big plastic bin, I would take it to the local tip once a week and put it in the recycling bin there.

done this for a couple of weeks, then last night I got collared by one of the workers and they asked if it was office waste, I replied it was, but only cardboard and paper and I wanted to recycle it.

He then duly told me I wasnt allowed and I had to go on the weigh bridge for commercial waste and to pay for it. Now I completely understand lorries turning up being charged, but one normal sized black bin full of paper and card, why do I have to pay?

All you hear is "recycle, recycle, recycle" but it seems as though this is another "green tax" on business?
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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
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#1
thats awful i wasnt aware of that!
#2
At our local school they encourage us to recycle in their bins as the school gets paid for each ton!
#3
I heard a story once where a doctor got fined (£50 i think) for putting letters in a public bin, or something like work letters in his own bin at home instead of going putting it in the appropriate bin, ridiculous! a bin is a bin! (unless it can be recycled) hmm..... it's all silly 'red tape' type stuff.
#4
Do you drive to the recycling centre just to put that in? Probably doing more harm than good. Can't people take it home and put it in their own recycling or put it in a compost bin? Solves all the problems I think?
#5
Crazy! But I wonder if you stood on the weighbridge if it would actually register?!
#6
The pub i work at doesnt recycle, even though we go through loads of cardboard from food and bottles, BUT through no fault of theres. As its out of the way, well kind of wouldnt take long to get there really, the council refuse to come and collect it and will only take out rubbish so it all has to go!
#7
We used to recycle plastic drinking cups, collecting them and taking them to the recycling company and them charging us! then they sent us a catalogue selling the products they make out of the recycled cups. The recycling company made twice fold!
I understand it costs money to recycle, but with the products made from the recycling they should be able to fund the business instead of alienating the companies by charging for recycling.
It makes recycling uneconomic for small companies.
#8
Benjimoron
Do you drive to the recycling centre just to put that in? Probably doing more harm than good. Can't people take it home and put it in their own recycling or put it in a compost bin? Solves all the problems I think?


They could, but no one seems to give a **** at this place, they all laughed when I said I was going to start doing this.

I dont want to stop but what am I meant to do now?
#9
dmccabe
They could, but no one seems to give a **** at this place, they all laughed when I said I was going to start doing this.

I dont want to stop but what am I meant to do now?


Take it home yourself? Hide it in your neighbour's recycling box?
#10
This would fill my recycle bin every week leaving me with no room and the collections are only once a month :/

I honestly don't think they give a **** about recycling and they simply want to make it look like they do. so they can say " hey look how much we care".

Disgusting.... Just been on the phone expressing my disgust to some woman who could barely speak legible sentences (not that she was foreign, she just simply had no grasp of English). "Sorry sir that is simply council policy, you must pay for commercial waste disposal". It is hardly like I am dumping gallons of oil or toxic waste, it is pre-sorted recyclable material FFS :/ This is making me really mad.

Time to get on to the YEP I think. and then maybe my MP
#11
Bah just got all excited as I had a reply from the council, but it is a "thanks your email has been received".... boo his
#12
How about sending to one of the sh1t stirring Sunday papers:

"Council refuses to recycle"

"Borough Council bottles over bottles"
#13
Yes, they do want us to recycle, but the recycling will cost you money just like anything that you re-use at home, it costs money for storage, effort and energy!

In the scenario of home, if you wish to re-cycle and re-use stuff in the family, you need to pay for the storage cost and the cataloguing of the items for use blah blah....If you want to re-cycle your food and eat the left overs then you have to use energy to keep it cool and then ebergy to re-heat it. If you want to re-use dirty clothes then you have to use money and energy to clean it for storage for re-use later at home. So in the commercial world, re-cycling cost money and for the public good you have to pay a "green" payment. I know that you call it tax but taxation is an integral part of the common good!

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