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Our recyclables are still being dumped in landfill

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:07 UK time, Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Our house is resembling Steptoe's Yard these days with 'rubbish' piling high - all in the name of recycling - and yet it's apparently still going in the landfill!

We've got a composter, and bins for cardboards, plastics - separating hard and soft plastics, of course - paper - separating shredded paper with newspaper and magazines [and don't put your old directories in there, or else], as well as saving old books, clothes and shoes.

Now we need to add a new recyclable box - one for the milk and fruit juice drinks cartons - because Flintshire Council is recycling beverage cartons thanks to a partnership with private firm Tetra Pak [www.tetrapakrecycling.co.uk] which has pledged to repurpose the cartons.

Truth be told I'm getting confused over what I can and can't recycle and what rubbish goes in what bin although there are some helpful sites out there like www.recycling-guide.org.uk which try and help us to make sense of it all.

Don't get me wrong, I'm more than happy to do it - in fact, I feel guilty and go fishing in the rubbish if even a note jotted on scrap paper gets inadvertently tossed into the bin destined for the refuse wagon [last stop landfill].

And then we saw the worrying report in this week's Flintshire Chronicle [they don't make their stories available online] which says that 600 tonnes of wood and 180 tonnes of plastic were sent to landfill between April-June because of a 'crash' in the recyclable market meant there was nowhere to send it on.

At first we were thinking what's the point of going to all this trouble. But on reading further Flintshire Council say the problem is just a 'blip' and urge people to continue recycling. [Read What happens to your rubbish]

How's your recycling going?

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