15 July 2010
Recycling and the New Brown Bin
This pamphlet came through our letter box before I headed off on my hols announcing a new brown bin policy. Honestly I'm delighted to hear this news - although I know we will probably have to pay a bit more on our rubbish pick up. Having come from the US three years ago where recycling was mandatory - I've been slightly irritated by the laisse faire attitude in Ireland about recycling in general.
Since returning from the states recently, Mr. Ryan Brothers (our bin man) stopped by to collect payment for bin collection and I chatted with him about the new brown bin policy - excited to find out when ours would be delivered. He already thinks I'm nutters as I'm "American" and we are all obsessed with recycling - after all he has quoted to me in the past " what real damage can a small island like Ireland do anyway to the environment."
Don't get me started! It's a disgrace the way we don't' recycle here and yes, we had to in New York and the bins were collected for "free" but of course it all came out of our taxes. I'm not asking for more taxes but if bin collection was incorporated into taxes we wouldn't have this nightmare situation where people only pay for one green bin and toss everything they possibly can into that.
So the idea with this brown bin is that you can but pretty much anything that decomposes into this bin - egg shells, cooked and raw meat, vegetable scrapings, even soiled paper towels - of course you can't put things like old cooking oil, anything that belongs in your recycling bin - so thinking that our bin collection might go up - I realized that our current general bin or green bin would be significantly reduced with waste - so we could order an even smaller bin for the few things that can't be recycled and can't be put in the brown bin.
Upon chatting further with Mr. Ryan Brothers in regards to when my coveted brown bin would arrive - he said that while this has become policy for homeowners - the government has not yet figured out where all this brown bin material is going to go.....ah, fantastic thinking don't' you think? Hmmm - why not create the proper facility, then launch the brown bin policy and then get out there and start picking them up.
I'm going to dig into this a bit more because it is something I'm interested in and I'd be happy to get rid of my compost with a clear conscience. I have not found a great deal of information out there when googling it and certainly have not seen the brown bins out yet throughout town.
If anyone knows more about this and could direct me towards further information - I'd greatly appreciate it.