Are we suffering from recycling fatigue?
It has to be said, as you look at the looming face of Nigel Farage and the ongoing destruction of the planet, it is easy to become increasingly lackadaisical about recycling baked bean tins and the like.
And it seems that Britain as a whole is lagging behind with recycling, due to something called ‘green fatigue.’
This follows bin wars up and down the country, with people angry that recycling bins aren’t being emptied regularly, and others getting it all wrong and filling them with nappies and food. Everywhere you look, it seems there’s a lazy council, or a bad recycling policy, or in the case of Derry City Council - who stockpiled brown recycling bins for years because they didn’t have the trucks to collect them – utter incompetence.
This is according to a report by recycling company Sita UK, which outlines the state of our rubbish nation, and casts doubts on whether Britain will reach its waste targets. Recycling rates are falling. In 2012 the rate was 43%, but although official figures aren’t out yet, Sita says they will be lower this year.
People are blaming a proliferation of confusing bins – and soon there’ll be even more bins due to an EU directive to separate waste. Keith Gordon, head of Environment for Rochford Council in UKIP-tastic Essex complained: "Do you want to get to the point where you have six bins or six boxes? It can look like you have a line of Daleks all the way down the road."
So are we really at the end of our recycling tether? Or is it crap local councils and lack of information that are to blame?