Yes a moan. Well I am allowed. It's my blog afterall!
You may agree with what I am going to rant about as you may well suffer with the same problem and, like me, maybe it is driving you maaaad!!
Its about my rubbish. Yes rubbish - I am blogging about my rubbish!!
Basically, we have refuse collections weekly and fortnightly as follows:
*every Thursday the recycling is collected and for this we have
a green box for plastic and glass
a brown bag for cardboard
a green bag for paper
a small green box for food waste
*every other Tuesday our household waste is collected.
This really, really annoys me. Why can't it be the other way round? For two weeks I have to find places to store our bin bags which are full of, among other things, two weeks worth of nappies!! Because my road does not have front gardens we are not given wheelie bins so it is down to each house to store it's own bin bags anyway it can.
This is what the front of my house looked like this morning on collection day
There are 8 bin bags and 1 carrier bag - how does the council expect a household to store all these smelly sacks of rubbish? I cannot leave them in the back yard because they are ripped open by the neighbourhood cats and prone to maggot infestation! I have a bin the backyard just for the nappies which are wrapped in bags, but that is full before bin day! I end up having to stuff two bin bags under the sink in the kitchen; and the rest go inside the shed door where my washing machine and tumble dryer are.
Not to mention all the recycling bags and boxes I have to fill and keep aswell!! I do recycle as much as I can and but really infuriates me that plastic fruit containers, certain yogurt cartons and the plastic boxes that meat is packed in are not recyclable because they take up a lot of room in my refuse bags. I know that I could buy my meat from a butchers to cut down on plastic waste, but I buy my grocery shopping on line (much easier with two little ones in tow) and meat is packaged in this way. I do try to buy my fruit and veg loose to cut down on packaging, but berries are not sold like this. I don't understand why the cartons that mushrooms and berries are sold in cannot be re - used by the suppliers. They only need to be re-cellophaned or have new lids - I think these forms of food packaging should be returned to the food producers.
Food packaging debates aside, I just don't understand why the council feels that refuse collection can be made fortnightly, and yet recycling can be weekly. Re-cycled waste does not go off or smell so it could stock pile better. Food waste needs to be collected weekly still but paper, card, tins, glass and plastic could become fortnightly. I appreciate that the council needs to save money, but it just isn't hygienic to store so much rubbish. I am surprised I haven't attracted rats into my back yard if I am honest, I guess those neighbourhood cats have their uses afterall.
I would happily pay a small amount to have my rubbish taken a way once a week if I could because it's just not nice to have it hanging around for so long.
Grrrrr is all I can say!!
Do you also have to wait two weeks for your refuse collection? It's just not on is it, in this day and age? It's just rubbish really!