I couldn’t agree with you more about people needing to consider the negative effects pollution has on our environment. I had a similar experience to Csilla when I went to Canada for a year before university. When I arrived the family I stayed with showed me how to separate the rubbish. This took me by surprise because at that time the UK was lagging behind many other countries in this respect. However, these days the UK has become far stricter about people dividing their waste. I was reading an interesting article recently about a woman in the UK who was accused of putting the wrong kind of rubbish into her dustbin and she faced charges and a possible fine. You can listen to that story, and other related ones, by clicking HERE. What do you think about this?
In Japan, it is also quite strict regarding what you can chuck out and when. Every Monday and Thursday is ‘burnable rubbish’ day. Every other Wednesday is cans, bottles and plastics. On alternate Wednesdays it’s ‘non-burnable’ rubbish day. And once a week you can put out bigger rubbish, such as furniture. However, in certain areas you have to pay for people to come and take your larger rubbish away and recycle it. When we wanted to throw away our old fridge we called the local refuse collector and they told us it would cost about 30 pounds to collect and recycle it. The fridge was still in perfect working order and it seemed a shame to destroy it, so we sold it on an internet auction site instead. We didn’t make a profit on it, but at least we saved a little money and helped the environment.
I think that the only way to encourage, or force, people to recycle is by imposing strict penalties on those who pollute. I think hitting people in the pocket is a sure way to minimise excess waste and encourage recycling. Perhaps charging people extra who produce rubbish over a certain weight limit? This may encourage more illegal dumping, though. It's a tricky issue...
As you say we only have a few days left. Lets’ make the most of it and go out with a bang!
Useful English from today’s post:
(to) have a similar experience to someone
(to) separate/divide rubbish/waste
something takes you by surprise
(to) lag behind someone/something
(to) accuse someone of (doing) something
(to) face charges/a fine
(to) chuck out rubbish OR (to) chuck rubbish out (informal)
something is in imperfect working order
(to) make a profit (on something)
(to) save money
(to) impose (strict) penalties
(to) hit people in the pocket
(to) make the most of something
(to) go out with a bang!
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