We should all want to protect the environment. Right?
Why is it so difficult to recycle certain items? There are a myriad of plastic packaging that cannot be recycled in the UK. Single use plastic should be made illegal in the battle to cut the amount of waste pumped into landfill sites.
We have made it through another festive period and many people will have been left with a pile of wrapping paper, boxes and other packaging. All that wrapping paper, but at least we can recycle that right? It’s wrapping PAPER after all and we can recycle paper.
Some wrapping paper contains plastic. Others include foil and some contain the dreaded glitter. Many of these can’t be recycled in the UK. And, don’t get me started on sellotape! Part of my ritual after birthdays or Christmas is to remove all the tape from the wrapping paper before we recycle it. Apparently many people don’t and the paper then cannot be recycled. This article on the BBC explains more.
Then you have greetings cards. There seems to be cards for all occasions nowadays. It can take a while to find a card that isn’t splattered with glitter. I’ve stopped buying cards that contain glitter or anything else not paper. From now on, the wrapping paper I buy will be simple paper and 100% recyclable.
Why on EARTH are we allowing the sale of paper that isn’t really paper and is not recyclable? I know in the grand scheme of things it is a fraction of what we dispose of each year, but until recently I had no idea glitter was so evil. 🙂
Finally, the other item that bugs me.
Really bugs me.
Tetra Pak recycling.
I don’t have anything against Tetra Pak. I must use three or four cartons of soya milk a week and that’s just the start. In Sheffield, we can’t put these into our kerbside collections and there is a grand total of … ONE place to recycle these cartons in Sheffield.
Sheffield has a population of over 550,000 people and we have ONE place to recycle our Tetra Pak! I’ve complained before and nothing changes. Thankfully the site is close to where I work so every couple of months I take a car full to recycle. I wonder how many of the other 549,999 residents do the same?
I’m not saying we’re perfect and recycle everything. We could do more. We could probably all do more. Whether this is through incentive based schemes or manufacturers using more recyclable products to do away with single use plastic.
Like everything else, consumer power will win if enough people take a stand, complain and stop buying products whose packaging are not recyclable. Manufacturers will soon change if everyone stopped buying their goods.
Wherever in the world you live, how easy/difficult is it to recycle? Any similar stories of packaging you can’t recycle?
Rant over! (for now)
Thanks for reading.