ghostrider-Do you honestly think that folk will not disguise and dump items that will not constitute domestic rubbish,but will contain brass and copper. Yes from a domestic rubbish point of view low but we all dump household goods as well and it all adds up.
Do not make me out to be an idiot I have spread many a barrow full of muck on the rigs.Point I'm making is everything is recyclable.
Of course they will, they do, are, and probably always have been, I see it happen most weeks in the local rubbish shed.
What the SIC are proposing though won't recover any of that, as I understand it, there's a bin for paper and another plastic, plus the everything else one. If non-domestic stuff goes in the everything else one it'll still go in the incinerator like it does now, they've not made any mention that they're intending to sort that one at all. In fact someplace among all the waffle Maggie was quoted as having said it was down to 'seperation problems' with the rubbish in the condition it is collected now, that they were having to bring in this scheme to make recycling workable.
If it goes in the plastics or paper bin, it'll be thrown out, as its neither. You'd hope they might create new piles with such materials and move them on to appropriate reuse facilities when an adequate amount amasses, but in the check box, 'not my job' reality of public working there's little chance of that. Whoever is working the sorting line will have instructions that only line appropriate materials go through, and everything else is picked off and shunted in to the incinerator as being 'non-recycable', simply because it ended up in the 'wrong' place. That's what seems to be pretty much industry standard across local authority rubbish reprocessing, and I can't see this lot being any better at it.
Yes, everything is recycable in one way or another, and once upon a time not all that long ago Shetlanders were probably among the best recyclers around - folk simply couldn't afford to be any other way. Between greater affluence removing necessity, and modern living generating a needless mass of difficult to reuse material, we've gotten very lax and need to do more. Leaving it up to legislation and governments to run it though is just taking it out of the frying pan and in to the fire, as with them common sense and reasoned logical thought are the first casualties in everything thing they do. Given our location and situation, common sense, reasoned logical thought and a bit of good old fashioned innovation are the very things that are needed for us to recycle as best we can. What works best someplace else, or what works at all someplace else, may or may not do the same here, simply due to volumes of material involved and transportation issues - and no doubt some things would give excellent result here, that would be unworkable in other places for the self same reasons. Those are the things though that legislation and governments can't seem to get in to their heads - or more likely, get in to their heads very well, as they're not all stupid, but refuse to acknowledge and accept as they're too obsessed with boxes to be ticked, and so what if getting those boxes ticked means a few thousand on a rock mid ocean are actually being forced in teh opposite direction. It and they don't matter in the bigger picture, all hail the ticking of boxes who must be obeyed.