Oh no! Something for the landfill?

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With all the best plans in the world, you never know when something unexpected is going to happen. This morning it did!
We’re on day three of our zero waste challenge and so far everything has worked out beautifully; until this morning when the post arrived.

Find out what entered into the landfill this morning.
Or perhaps we managed to save the day………

Sit back, relax and find out what happened:



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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. maisie says:

    Well Done.

    I thought exactly the same when I saw the poly bag that yes you shoul have been able to take the tape off.

    Glad to see someone else who reads that magazine. I must admit though I have kept every copy since month one.

    I have had a result as far as margarine and yogurt tubs go; my local Recycling Facility will take these and plastic plantpots etc, just not the polythene which I already send to Polyprint anyway.

    I phoned Lincs County Council who run the site and spoke to a lovely chap who agreed that yes I could take all of these hard plastics to the recycling centre.

  2. Hi Mrs Green,

    That was a close one with the mail, lucky the tape was not on paper, as you said.

    My experience with junk mail, in fact with some regular mail, is that there are some reject envelopes. I simply carefullly remove the window and make it completely devoid of paper. The resulting waste is less than 1g. The paper can be torn up for the compost bin.

  3. Mrs Green says:

    maisie – what excellent news on recycling the margarine tubs and yogurt pots; that’s a huge step forward for your area.

    Hi John, that is a good option and as you say, results in minimal waste.

  4. Hi Mrs Green,

    Chris has put in a last post, open for a short time. Worth a look.

  5. Kris says:

    I registered for the Mail Preference Service six weeks ago and have been a bit worried that not much seems to have happened yet. I note on the site though that it says it can take four months to take effect.

    I suspect I may have to contact some people directly to get off their mailing lists, though there are some egregious organisations out there (yes, you RSPCA!) who just don’t bother to listen to this sort of approach 🙁 Is it legal to send their spam back to them with a disclaimer that you have asked repeatedly to be taken off their list?

    On another note, I looked at the polythene magazine bag as you held it up and thought ‘ooh, marinating bag!’ 😀

  6. Anna-Lisa says:

    Hello Mrs Green,

    A great video! In my new flat i have now registerd with MPS for me and the previous tenants. I have used an old envelope and plastic wrapper and stuck it to the front door saying “No junk mail or free newspapers thak you”. Seems to be working well so far.

    I recently changed over to the co-op bank as I wanted a more ethial and eco friendly bank. However so far they have sent me some unnecessary letters and printed on only one side. They also re-sent me the booklet about the account which I was given in branch. I’m going to contact them and gove them feedback.

    I’m going to opt to only have online bank statements (like I did with my old bank) and we have asked to have online statements for our bills.

    I try and reuse envelopes, but I dont send much post do most stuff online. So use it to write lists on of what I need to do (those A4 envelopes are good for that as my to do lists are very big LOL!)

    Kris I work for a charity and I agree that persistent letters / marketing material is not great. I only work for a small charity so its not hard to manage our mailing list however I can imagine that the RSPCA has a big mailing list. You should send it back to them and say please remove me from your mailing list. If they dont, ring up and ask to speak to a manager to be asked to be removed and provide feedback. Its important to provide charities feedback. As well as working for a charity I support quite a few too, but opt for only e-updates. Once I brought some native trees from the Woodland Trust and forgot to tick the no marketing box and for ages I was bombarded with stuff from them. It took me three returned letters and then an actual letter to get them to remove me. I thought at the time they must have wasted over 6 times the amount of the trees I actually planted in my garden!

    Mrs Green, looking forward to your next post!

  7. Mrs Green says:

    Hi Kris,
    Hang on in there – you should see reductions soon. Glad your first thoughts were ‘marinating bag’ rather than ‘landfill’ 😀

    Anna-Lisa – always lovely to see your smiling face; it sounds like your own efforts to reduce junk mail are working beautifully. That’s great news. Thank goodness you managed to stop the junk from Woodland Trust, but how annoying for you 🙁

  8. I love the tape idea!

    I learned something new today.

    -Katy Wolk-Stanley
    “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”


  9. Mrs Green says:

    Katy, taking on a radical challenge certainly leads to the need for creative solutions, should a ‘crisis’ arise! I learned something too 😀

  10. Kris says:

    Thank you Mrs G and Anna-Lisa for the positive replies, I will face any further unsolicited stuff with less ire and more resolve to get my message across if at all possible.

    I’m thinking about putting a homemade ‘no junk mail’ sign on the door as I really could do without the leaflets and local business directories (which seem to be reprinted on a roughly fortnightly cycle!) but don’t mind getting the local free papers as they are the only papers that come into our house and are able to be put into the kerbside collection.

  11. Mrs Green says:

    Hi Kris, you can put NO to junk mail but YES to papers, just like the stickers Robert sells on his Stop Junk Mail site.

    Good luck with your continued mission. I like your ‘less ire and more resolve’ idea – I could use that at times too!

  12. Poppy says:


    I’m glad your note on the door is working for you, but as an ex-postie I have to say, that it is not up to your postie to judge what you would or would not consider to be junk. If it has your name and or address on it, then he is legally obliged to deliver it to you. It’s down to you to stop it at source.

  13. Anna-Lisa says:

    Hi Poppy! Its more for those hand delivered flyers (not from the postman) for take aways and free newspapers that are just full of adverts. I know that if my name is on it that the Postie has to deliver, or even if it says Occupier. But as someone who never eats take away and is concered about waste, i’m glad that the menus have stopped coming through the door.

    I have stopped the source of my junk mail anyway so the Posite does not have to many to deliver.

    Thanks for your reply!

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