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OK, want to sort refuse as best possible to optimise recycling - give me your advice Oh Green Ones!!!!!!

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RubyRioja Wed 29-Aug-07 14:19:02

We have regular collections for 'rubbish' and recycling. I try to be good and send anythign unwanted but good to charity shops, we recycle paper/card/plastics etc. We have two bins in teh kitchen for rubbish and recycling which has helped, so what is the next step?

Any suggestions???

claricebeansmum Wed 29-Aug-07 14:21:36

So I am assuing that your glass and cans are also taken care of...

The next step IMO would be reduce the amount of rubbish you have - so reuse plastic bags, consider packaging when you buy stuff etc

Have you got a compost heap?

RubyRioja Wed 29-Aug-07 14:24:07

Not glass, but aluminium is collected. Glass I try to drop off when en route someonewhere.

Our compost was disaster, but most raw veggie offcuts go to the guinae pigs, so not much there. Cooked wasteage is a drag (trying to vary dds diets!), but you can't compost cooked food can you?

claricebeansmum Wed 29-Aug-07 14:25:31

No - composting cooked food as far as I know is not a good idea - I think there are vermin issues.

What was wrong with your last compost?

majorstress Wed 29-Aug-07 14:33:57

you can get specialist containers for cooked food, but I would call them "further down the road." Wormeries can be kind of a hobby, that gets rid of most cooked leavings, I've heard, but never tried.

First I guess , just see what you have the most of in your rubbish and think creatively about how to make that NOT be in there.

Refuse: Don't buy it, or buy something without that wrapper. Re-use: Use it for something in the garden or kid's junk modelling. Recycle: try www.recycle-more.co.uk/ to see if it can be recylced somewehre near where you are going anyway.

RubyRioja Wed 29-Aug-07 14:34:02

We chose pretty beehive shaped composter which did not seem to get hot enough. Bummer as cost a bomb!

Furball Wed 29-Aug-07 14:34:41

I never understand how there are vermin issues - how many rats do you know that cook their veg?

RubyRioja Wed 29-Aug-07 14:35:44

This one????grinwww.ratatouillemovie.net/

Madwelshwoman Wed 29-Aug-07 16:16:15

I bought a pack of 3 recycling crates from Tesco (currently resides in kitchen but plan to move to understairs cupboard when I get backside in gear to clear it out!!!), council do paper and glass/cans but nowt else so I use these for my cardboard and plastic and now tetrapaks and then take them top the tip to put in the relevant bins when I'm passing there. I also have a compost bin outside with a small caddy under kitchen sink for it

blossomsmine Wed 29-Aug-07 19:18:56

I bought 3 stackable recycling boxes with lids from homebase, quite space saving cos they obviously sit on on top on the other. I have one for paper one for card and one for glass/tins. This has to sit outside though as no room indoors, i have it hid out the fron kind of in an alcove behind my car. I do find though that i always have a small pile of recycling in either the kitchen or porch waiting to be taken outside, nothing i can do about it though as no space indoors for even a small basket to put the stuff in. Just have to make sure that after each meal i take it out. Sorry this is not actually very helpful just telling you the story of my recycling habits i supposegrin
I also don't take plastic bags to the shops anymore, i go to Tesco and they give you green points for using your own bags, thats good.

Furball Wed 29-Aug-07 20:54:42

grin ruby

wheresthehamster Wed 29-Aug-07 21:16:09

Our recycling stuff was all over the house so I have just got sorted this week.
I bought this storage unit from argos. It sits under the end of the work surface where the rubbish bin used to be.
The two big drawers at the bottom are for paper and flattened cardboard.
The four smaller drawers are for tetra packs, plastic bottles, tins and glass.
They can be taken to the recycling centre in their drawers or emptied into council recycling box for collection.

I've ordered this undersink waste bin which is a third of the size of our normal bin. Hope it's big enough.

I'm trying to decide on a composting bin that sits on the worktop at the moment.

I feel much calmer today now that I'm not skidding on cardboard and tripping over bottles any more!

Furball Thu 30-Aug-07 06:07:56

my composting bin is just a normal tupperware cereal storage box on the worktop by the sink. It doesn't smell and I empty it every few days. I found the 'compostable' caddy liners do not compost so now empty the contents onto the heap rather than just chucking the whole thing on.

wheresthehamster Thu 30-Aug-07 16:31:22

That's interesting Furball because I was going to order the caddy liners from Lakeland when I'd found a container because they say they break down.

Anna8888 Thu 30-Aug-07 16:37:33

You can compost cooked food, just not cooked meat (because the rats get at it).

Old milk, yoghurt, eggs all go in compost too.

Furball Thu 30-Aug-07 17:36:00

I had lovely compost though wheresmyhamster complete with uncomposted manky bags.

Madwelshwoman Thu 30-Aug-07 17:48:23

I had my compost caddy from here

Cheap and does the job nicely with free delivery. They don't charge you until you receive your order but the downside is that they do take a while to deliver so when they say up to 28 days, they really mean it!

chocolateteapot Thu 30-Aug-07 17:53:26

I am so shallow compared to you lot! I have a Peely Bin on my worksurface. The grey caddy things have been relegated to under the sink with potatoes & onions in them.

Having it on the worksurface makes it really easy to chuck all the veg into and I make DH empty it regularly.

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