It's Completely Crackers
The big day is nearly here
That's the day when so many of us waste, waste, waste ......
So while we know you have a lot on your mind right now, can we just ask you to squeeze in a little more?
Of the three R's, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, the most important, by far, is REDUCE, but we have a feeling it may be a little too late to remind you of that one, so let's move on. Recycling is not really the answer to our current crisis, but it's important that we do continue to recycle whatever we can.
To be honest, it's not going very well.
Dundee City Council's latest figures are more than a little disappointing.
Analysis of recent samples of general waste wheelie bins show the contents as follows
18% paper and card
31% food waste
3% plastic bottles
1% garden waste
5% textiles and footwear
and 29% general waste
Neighbouring Perth and Kinross are not doing much better.
Recycling rates there have dropped from 52.2% in 2019/20 to 47.4% last year, and they were recently fined £100,000 for constantly breaking the 20% contamination barrier in their recycling bins.
They took drastic action by confiscating every recycling bin in one Perth street after residents (though surely that was only a small number spoiling it for everyone else) continued to flout guidelines on what you can put in them.
Just so you know, Scotland's Zero Waste Plan set the target for 60% of all household waste in all local authorities to be recycled, composted and prepared for reuse
By 2025 that target increases to 70% for all waste - household, commercial and industrial - collected in Scotland, with an ambition to have no more than 5% of all waste being send to landfill.
We think there is quite a way to go.