Friday, November 28, 2008


I know I know ...

It’s not exactly ’normal’ to take photographs of the bin lorry on a grey drizzly morning.

But this got me mad!

Now you know that I was already saving the planet in the days when David Cameron was enjoying a good flogging at Eton.

Eco warriors were well informed back then and took to the streets with banners and woolly gloves.

But what's this all about - ‘30% of my shop goes straight in the bin‘ ??

Does it mean I do this?

Obviously not.

Does it mean 30% by weight? Surely my Spinach and Ricotta pizza (Mmmmm) weighs more than its box.

30% by volume?
Packaging takes up more space than the contents.

The phrase 'straight in the bin' suggests it doesn't mean left overs.

It's just another example of the Green rubbish we get on a daily basis.

Oh and what do you think that bloke in the front of the pic was doing?

TK Max doesn't give plastic bags any more. Cynics might say it's because the price of plastic has rocketed recently. So last week when I bought a large 100% polyester vegetarian sheepskin throw I carried it to the car in my arms.

I heard shouts of 'Stop Thief' as I left the store. And one chap obviously thought I was being eaten by a polar bear.



Blogger Dave said...

On a related topic, a letter to The Times today asks when a landfill site was last closed because it was too heavy.

Why then the proposal to charge by weight of rubbish, rather than volume?

(Incidentally, my green bin is always much heavier than my grey - mainly due to the weight of all the newspapers.)

10:17 am  
Blogger Vicus Scurra said...

I would have thought that flogging David Cameron and saving the planet are almost indistinguishable from one another.

10:29 am  
Blogger scarlet-blue said...

Is that 'weed-killer man' in the foreground?

10:29 am  
Blogger Murph said...

That's a Ghostbuster from Clifton Avenue in the foreground checking for poltergeist activity in your ectoplasm.

Blogs are one of the best resources for recycling old rubbish I find.

10:36 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Ha Ha - good point. Expanded polystyrene is just air.
In flats we don't have differrent coloured bins - just one giant one.

But you do the flogging and I'll do the saving - if that's OK with you

Nearly - but weeds don't grow in Manchester.

If there's somethin' strange in your neighborhood
Who ya gonna call .........??

The rubbish you read here is not even recycled.

10:43 am  
Blogger zIggI said...

he's listening to music on his personal, portable listening device made entirely from recycled rubbish.

10:47 am  
Blogger tony said...

Hebden Bridge led the way with the banning of free plastic bags in Shops.Trouble is, I always forget to bring my old ones with me to the, i have to buy one of the 6p ones they sell at the checkout in the Co-Op.What a rip-off! When they first brought in the scheme, they used the arguement that some daft Whale somewhere had once swallowed one.We dont get many whales in the River Calder.So Im confused!

11:44 am  
Blogger MJ said...

Are you planning a nude photo shoot with that sheepskin throw?

1:02 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

Every now and then I decide to become more healthy and buy some tins of mackerel.

Most of them go straight in the bin.

1:39 pm  
Blogger scarlet-blue said...

Leaf blower man? The evil Hedge Trimmer man?.... Disinfect the Pavements man? ...obviously this is driving me crazy now...

2:27 pm  
Blogger nwtrunner said...

Agrees with MJ :-)

3:38 pm  
Blogger garfer said...

Fly tipping is a healthy hobby of mine. Old mattresses with the springs sticking out provide a haven for all kinds of endangered wildlife, including tramps and socialists.

Sometimes I leave a little weed killer for the socialists

3:46 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Radio 2?
In that case he's definitely listening to recycled rubbish.

I don't know what happened to those brown paper treesaver bags we used to get free from Safeway.
Those would make a tasty meal for the wild life (rats?) in the River Calder?

I bet that would be the star of Monday's Blogging Round Up.

'Most' - that's more than 30%.
You'll be getting a visit from the Green Police ... and worse still .... you'll never grow up to be a big healthy boy!

Correct with the leaf blower.
You win two Coop plastic carrier bags and an empty pizza box.

pervert - I don't want my derriere on Infomaniac - like some people I could mention.

Well I'm a self confessed little weed.
But I'll go down with Bill and Ben.

4:00 pm  
Blogger scarlet-blue said...

Grrr... not keen on Leaf Blower man. Thank you for my prize. I was needing a new bag and you can never have too many boxes, especially at Christmas time.

4:53 pm  
Blogger Hyde DP said...

In Tameside (going fortnightly collections now) in the green bin you used to put glass in the bin and put cans & plastic bottles in a red sack inside or by the side of the bin.

Now no more red sacks - you put it all directly in the bin - so who now sorts the glass from the cans/plastic?

5:05 pm  
Blogger Betty said...

I just want to take this opportunity to grumble (yet again) about the compost bin which the refuse collectors took away from us after we used it once, four years ago. We've asked for a new one about six months ago. We still haven't got one.

That is all.

7:49 pm  
Blogger Steve said...

30% of my weekly shop goes straight in the bin? I can live with that. 17.5% of my weekly earnings being spend on empty sloganeering and no-brain political "go-green" campaigns really gets my goat however. I wish 30% of our politicians could be recycled - the roses are looking a bit malnurished this year...

9:01 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

You are so gracious in your thanks that I feel rather mean.
So I'm going to throw in a bag of salted peanuts.

I've read about that at my friend's house in Mossley.
You need a lawyer to understand it all.
Perhaps the separation task will be assigned to those doing community service - or victims of the credit crunch.

Be Bold Betty:
Direct action is essential.
Collect a month's potato peelings, left over broccoli and unwanted mackerel and deposit it all on the steps of the town hall having previously alerted the local TV station.
You may receive a free wormery as well.

On the side of the lorry it says 'Enterprise' which is claimed on the website to provide "a wide range of services, mostly in the area of hard asset maintenance and refurbishment".
I see - a private company charging millions to Manchester residents - as you say.

How many politicians would fit in that lorry?

10:00 pm  
Blogger I, Like The View said...

I used to live in a London Borough which collected food waste for recycling, as well as glass/paper/plastic etc

a couple of weeks of that and many people started shopping and cooking far more efficiently

gorgeous rug - I quite fancy a recycled polar bear (as long as it died of natural causes) myself now

10:14 pm  
Blogger Common Tater said...

In Northern Manitoba it is actually possible to be eaten by a Polar Bear..but not ((sob))at our Zoo. Our beloved Debby recently passed on.

She was almost 42, the oldest Bear in history, and now she'll be forever immortalised in Guiness!
That would be the Book, she isn't being pickled in a huge vat of Scotch.

10:21 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

I would like to be pickled in a huge vat of Scotch.

10:23 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Our food waste from school dinners always went to the pigs.
Does that still happen at all?
The rug is wonderfully soft.

Poor Debbie - her name sake Ms Harry is about 20 years her senior and probably the oldest female pop singer in history.
btw - I am reading a book which I picked up at random. Turns out it is set in Winnipeg. I now know that the author (Carol Shields) used to live there.
It's excellent

What kept you?
It took you 2 minutes to get over here at the sound of *Scotch*.

10:57 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

Did somebody say "SCOTCH"?

10:59 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Now that was impressive!

11:03 pm  
Blogger nwtrunner said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm Scotch!

Talisker, Lagavulin, Oban, Highland Park, Glenlivet

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm Scotch!

12:36 am  
Blogger I, Like The View said...

(that reminds me of a whisky tasting set I once had, all these little bottles, Scotch made at different distilleries, from east coast to west coast, via the Highlands and ending up with the one from Skye that tasted of seaweed)

12:41 am  
Blogger The Poet Laura-eate said...

And don'tchya just lurve all that council paperwork coming through your door bragging how many percentage points their latest recycling drive is up by, and how they sell your personal details to every Junk Mailer in the universe (about to become deregulated completely)?

I mean call me naive but I can see how they can cut down on a goodly pecentage of waste removal work for themselves straightaway!

As for clothes, I have never and will never buy clothes/shoes that last one minute less than 3-5 years as a. I can't afford to and b. that is grossly ungreen and things can always be jazzed up with judicious use of accessories.

9:44 am  
Blogger Femin Susan said...

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10:13 am  
Blogger Flaming Nora said...

Maybe a polar bear could be trained to eat David Cameron? I'll work on it and get back to you. Could take a while, so don't wait up.

3:18 pm  
Anonymous NiC said...

Well, rubbish stats are, IMHO, apparently just that.

Certainly most of what goes into our bin (by volume) is packaging even after recycling all that we can.

Interestingly I recently heard someone from the British Packaging Board (or something claim that only 2% of the stuff that goes to landfill is packaging. That, presumably is by weight. Or he was lying.

4:32 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Mmmmmmm - yes.
But recently I have preferred brandy.
Grain and Grape aren't supposed to mix.

I do hope you didn't drink them all at once.
I remember most things in Skye taste of seaweed - or sea.
It is lovely though.

They should provide a different coloured bin for copuncil junk mail. At present ours is all about the proposed congestion charge in Manchester.

I'm bad with clothes.
But at least what I don't wear I send to Oxfam - so some other skinny shortarse can benefit.

Wow - you have a lot of blogs.

I'll give Peter Mandelson a ring.
I hear he can fix anything.

Even 2% by weight sounds low.

I was looking at the photo and noticed a website for 'Enterprise Manchester'. As I suspected it isn't a Manchester firm at all, just some private firm who probably charge us a fortune.

I've sent them an e mail asking what 30% means.

4:57 pm  
Blogger garfer said...

Did someone mention Scotch?

Sorry, I haven't been paying attention.

11:29 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Too late Garfer - mj and nwtr drank the lot.

8:32 am  

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