The different schemes for recycling around the country continue to amaze me. I guess there is some complex economics behind them with local authorities juggling national targets and contractual obligations with waste management companies.
Sheffield has separate blue bins for waste paper which are collected monthly and that’s it for doorstep collected recycling. I think this is pretty poor.
Derbyshire Dales next door has a separate green lidded bin for garden waste only which is given out irrespective of whether or not you have a garden.
Lambeth borough where I have had a London flat for some time collects a range of recyclable materials every week. You just put all paper, card, plastic bottles, cans and glass in a handy orange bin bag and leave this out alongside the rubbish wheely bins. It is later sorted by hand for processing. This is a great scheme to my mind.
So why did Sheffield just choose to do this basic paper service? Must be to meet a target at the lowest possible cost I think. Does the same apply in Derbyshire but they decided they could do garden waste even more cheaply than paper? And why can Lambeth afford to do what appears to be a Rolls Royce service when compared with the others? Are there different financial incentives or are they green and saintly?