Elsewhere, of more national interest, the £250m treasure chest to revert to costly weekly rubbish collections was launched today. Rather than repeat myself, I'll recycle the blogpost that I wrote on the matter in September when the scheme was first announced. It would be detrimental to revert to outdated weekly collection methods but hopefully the fund will enable those councils that wish to invest in diverting food waste out of landfill, to add such a scheme to their service.
News from plastics reprocessors also reveals that as more different types of plastics are collected, serious investment is still needed in proper separation methods to improve the quality of output from the recycling process, as well as harnessing a wider public commitment to recycle more plastic bottles within the household waste stream. On the other side of the waste stream, it has also been highlighted that retailers are still finding waste reduction a key issue in their supply chains, despite making progress on their own operations. It really does show that when you look at the wider picture, just like trying to improve things on the home-front, it can feel like three steps forward and one step back.
However, progress is being made throughout all aspects of the waste stream and highlights that every participant has a role to play! And each effort counts, whether it's the recently announced agreement amongst London bars & restaurants commiting to ditch the humble plastic straw, or independent retailers like Mark Hall, pictured left, whose business provides a take-back scheme for customers to return their old Courtyard Chutney Co. jars.
For example, with each jar returned, customers receive 25p off their next purchase, which is great news for regular customers, Mark's business and what he describes as "jar miles". All jars, whether new or old, have to sterilised before use, so the process still saves the business money and with brand new sealable lids that conform to H&S regulations, jars can be back on display within days.
And finally, back to our bin-slimmers. The most lovely surprise of the week was the news that Terry-Anna from Ipswich appeared on BBC Radio Suffolk's Mark Murphy show on Wednesday with an update on her Rubbish Diet challenge. Having only created just half a rubbish bag of waste this week, she explained her strategy on-air. Do listen in if you have a chance before next Wednesday. It's a bit of a giggle and you'll find it at 2hrs 36m into the programme.