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Why should we pay for clips, elastic cord, cement, building sheds etc, etc for these wheelie bins? Does the council not have to provide all this for this wheelie bins? is that not part of what we pay

I want to see less pre-packed stuff at the supermarket. Far too many veg items come in plastic. If different loose veg like tatties, carrots, onion were at the same price per kilo, you could get and w

Got my wheelie bins today..    Got nowhere to store them and, 6 steps up to the road to get them emptied.  Better than some I suppose but, what is the point in having a bin reserved for paper when we

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Questions are being made on how much plastic waste being collected in Shetland under the new recycling scheme will actually be recycled. Up until now much of the plastic collected in Shetland was incinerated, producing heat for the heat to energy plant but there are now fears that much will head south to landfill.


That's nice......

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Got my wheelie bins today.. 


Got nowhere to store them and, 6 steps up to the road to get them emptied.  Better than some I suppose but, what is the point in having a bin reserved for paper when we use very little, do not buy newspapers, and what paper we do get goes into the rayburn ?


Also, what is the point of reserving the other one for plastic when most of it (plastic) cannot be re-cycled ?


We have a bit of glass that can be re-cycled but, apparently, we are expected to carry that (don't drive anymore) 3/4 of a mile to a skip because it will not be collected.


The biggest problem with the SIC's view of re-cycling is that it is not fit for purpose just isn't "flexible" enough for most people.


I'm willing to try and "do my bit" but, I'm I'm not really willing to waste my time fulfilling somebody else's pipedreams.

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This is a potentially interesting scheme




From the Zero Waste Scotland website


A Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland
Consultation on the options for distinct elements of a deposit return scheme on beverage containers, seeking views on which options will deliver the best results for Scotland.
Why We Are Consulting
We want to design a deposit return system that will work well for everyone in Scotland, providing increased recycling rates and quality of recycling, reductions in littering and business opportunities. We want a wide range of views as possible to help us design an effective system.
The responses to the consultation will help us to design an effective system. This will then go forward as regulations under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.
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Puts a lot of the responsibility back on the retailers who, up until now (and along with manufacturers), seem to be getting away quite lightly.

Is the responsibility primarily on the retailers and manufacturers, or is it on the backs of Joe Public? As far as I'm aware the retailers and manufacturers aren't really the ones that make so much of a mess. Joe Public is the one that chucks it here, there and everywhere without any thought about it while the businesses are all too often seen to do their best to cause no more pollution than necessary. Not perfect but they make the effort.

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Fair comments George but, I am not aware of any businesses (manufacturers or retailers) that offer to take back the "empties".


Wholesalers (wiith turnover over a certain turnover value), on the other hand, have to pay a levy to SEPA based on the amount of packaging waste they generate.


I honestly feel that if Coca Cola, and all the rest, place their products into millions of plastic bottles then, they should have to pay a levy for each bottle they use, and that the levy should then be used to properly dispose of the used items.  Start at the source/top, it's much more efficient !

Same for the massive amounts of coffee shops and their plastic cups and anyone else who contributes to "industrial scale" waste.

The money raised should then be used to set up proper recycling facilities and to try and educate the morons who seem to dump their rubbish anywhere and everywhere.


The charge on plastic bags that retailers have to make is both good, and bad. 

Good is that it raises the public's awareness in respect of the problems  the bags cause.

Bad is that the money generated is handed to local charities who appear to have nothing to do with trying to clean the environment.

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