Tales of the Village - After the Storm.

@boiboing (12441)
Northampton, England
December 31, 2015 2:46am CST
On the village Facebook page today, somebody commented that the village looks like the opening scenes of '28 Days Later'. If you've seen the film, you'll recognise the reference to an empty landscape with rubbish blowing around. Yesterday we got the tail end of 'Big Storm Frank' and sadly it hit on a day when all the recyclables were out in their tubs for collection. The wind picked up everybody's carefully separated plastics, papers, tins and bottles and generously redistributed them around the village. During my 'dodging the rain' walk yesterday afternoon, I thought I'd never seen the place look so terrible. When my husband gets home this afternoon, we'll grab some bin bags and go and see if we can fill a couple. There's no way we can leave the village looking so terrible. Of course then there's the problem of how to get rid of what we collect and that also ties into some other comments on the Facebook page. Our district council was a pioneer in recycling and invented an easy to use scheme for recycling - one that didn't involve needing a PhD in materials separation. The scheme became a national benchmark but over the years other districts both caught up and overtook ours. There are calls for 'blue bins' - wheelie bins for just the recylables that would have proper lids and wheels instead of the current plastic tubs which have no tops and get blown around. I have mixed feelings about the proposal. On the one hand, it would keep the village tidier and encourage more recycling. On the other, not everybody has the space for yet another wheelie bin. We have the grey one for standard waste, the brown one for compostables (actually we have TWO of those but we're not supposed to) and a tiny brown one for food waste which we don't use because our food waste is mostly compostable because we don't eat meat. We have a large garden but not every home can manage the bins already supplied and one more might be a step too far.
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@PainsOnSlate (20254)
• Canada
31 Dec 15
We have a bunch of bins, all open plus a critter proof garbage can and food waste bins (don't know how we got two...) One of the food bins is full of years of leggo's (the snap together toy from my kids days) the other hold bird seeds for the feeders. We compost too and that occasional bone goes in the garbage. On a windy day garbage is everywhere but everyone helps pick it up if they can.
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@boiboing (12441)
• Northampton, England
31 Dec 15
@PainsOnSlate I'll leave it to the admins. I fear he's taking advantage of the holidays to post unsavoury topics.
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• Canada
31 Dec 15
@boiboing I ignored him here until your comment. So I looked at a few of his posts and I reported a few of his posts that were rude crud and ugly.
@boiboing (12441)
• Northampton, England
31 Dec 15
@PainsOnSlate Wow! Thanks for that.
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@Platespinner (16492)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
31 Dec 15
We live in a rural area and were able to opt out of garbage and recycling pick up. We take our own recycling into the town drop off, dispose of our garbage at my husband's work (he has permission) and allow our flock of chickens to process most of our compostibles and kitchen waste. It's nice not to have to remember to set out the bins or have them blown across the neighbourhood on a windy day.
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@boiboing (12441)
• Northampton, England
31 Dec 15
That sounds great. No opt outs over here unfortunately. Mind you I'm sure people would abuse it if we had the option.
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@Elizaby (3658)
• Pensacola, Florida
31 Dec 15
@boiboing Here you receive a garbage can and have the choice of having a recycling can that are pick up once a week. No other cans are accepted as the cans are designed to be picked up by a lift that empties it in the truck.
@boiboing (12441)
• Northampton, England
31 Dec 15
@Elizaby That's quite clever.
@KnehKnah (3475)
• Philippines
31 Dec 15
We have bins like those too & we find it a lot better & reasonable than having all bits & pieces of everything just in one.
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@boiboing (12441)
• Northampton, England
31 Dec 15
The problem is that sometimes people separate everything and then the truck comes round and it all goes in together.
@simone10 (21657)
• Louisville, Kentucky
31 Dec 15
It does sound like you are in a dilemma as to what to do with all the stuff you pick up. Is there are recycling place you can drop it off at?
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@boiboing (12441)
• Northampton, England
31 Dec 15
We'll have to stick it in the garage until the tip opens again in a couple of days.
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@LadyDuck (157088)
• Switzerland
31 Dec 15
We have several different bins and I agree that they take a lot of place. We separate plastic, plastic bottles (PET), paper, tin cans, transparent glass, colored glass, batteries, oils, food and garden discard... it's a lot.
@boiboing (12441)
• Northampton, England
31 Dec 15
Life gets more complicated with each new bin.
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@LadyDuck (157088)
• Switzerland
31 Dec 15
@boiboing You are right and sometimes we do not know where we have to throw things, as an example, I had to call to know where to throw styrofoam.
@boiboing (12441)
• Northampton, England
31 Dec 15
@LadyDuck I don't see a lot of that stuff any more. Although my new Fridge Freezer arrives on Sunday so maybe I'll be challenged to find a way to get rid of lots of packaging materials then.
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@just4him (116853)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
31 Dec 15
Several years ago the city changed the way they pick up trash and recyclables. They provided everyone with two bins - one for waste and one for recyclables, both have lids. They won't accept any other kind of trash can.
@boiboing (12441)
• Northampton, England
31 Dec 15
Some people do create a phenomenal amount of rubbish.
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@just4him (116853)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
31 Dec 15
@boiboing Yes they do, but they limit the amount we can throw out by what fits in the bin. Four times a year they have overflow garbage week, then they allow an extra four bags beside the bins. I had to look that info up today as I thought this week was overflow week and it is. It doesn't hurt me so much as larger families. I normally only have one bag a week, so the bin, a large one, doesn't go out to the curb more than twice a month, sometimes once every three weeks if there isn't very much in the bin.
• Preston, England
31 Dec 15
Manchester is being ravaged by a fierce storm right now - I can think of a few names for it but they would be censored
@boiboing (12441)
• Northampton, England
31 Dec 15
Yes, I'm not sure that Frank was the first F-word that came to mind. Our neighbours have gone down to London for the fireworks. I hope it's better there than it is here.
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• Preston, England
6 Jan 16
@boiboing hope the celebrations went ok there as they did for me
@marlina (73885)
• Canada
31 Dec 15
Sorry that 'Big Storm Frank' chose the wrong day for acting up. It would make sense to have bins with covers tough~
@boiboing (12441)
• Northampton, England
31 Dec 15
Naughty 'Big Storm Frank' - I find this whole new naming big storms very bizarre as it's still very new. Shame he turned up on bin day.
@Jessicalynnt (47854)
• Centralia, Missouri
1 Jan 16
a big bin in town for them?