Live Radio Phone in this afternoon!

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pay as you throwIf you’re about this afternoon and want to listen in on a Radio Phone in; yours truly will be on the Bob Walmsley show (BBC Northamptonshire) at about 1:20pm. You can listen in live or tune in again later.

The phone in is about the new proposals for a pay-as-you-throw scheme in Britain. As you might guess, we’re all in favour of it, but I’m looking forward to hearing what others have to say as I’m sure it will be a very emotive and controversial topic.

There is an interesting short video on the pay as you throw page about one man who recycles all he can and is in favour of pay as you throw. On the flip side, there is another man who puts everything in the bin, recycles nothing (doesn’t have the time) and feels it is fair that we all get charged the same for rubbish collections.

Take a couple of minutes to watch it and let us know what you think in the comments below!

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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. Hi Mrs G – Well done!!!! That was a fabulous interview and am glad I got back in time to catch it. Excellent representation for us rubbish-free peeps, which was brilliant. It was interesting listening to the lady before you who was worried about people throwing stuff in the bin if pay-per-throw came in. Unfortunately as a wheelie-bin oriented country that will continue to be a problem and a worry to many concerned householders. I love my sister’s arrangement in Switzerland where they don’t use wheelie bins and instead buy stickers for bags that they put out. It works a treat. 😀 x

  2. Di Hickman says:

    I can’t remember how you guys pay for the collections now? isn’t it included in your council tax? Here in the states we pay the Waste Management company for the bins, we pay per bin so I guess we already have this kind of system in place. The blue bin is landfill, green is yard waste (which gets composted by the city), and you get a free recycle bin. I’d like to see smaller landfill bins implemented though, right now I’m using 1/3 of a landfill bin per week but paying for a full bin to empty. It worries me to see households with 2 landfill bins overflowing each week!

  3. Mr. Green says:

    Hi AMA. I thought the comment about neighbours putting their excess waste in other people’s half empty bins was a real concern for some people. We have had similar problems here with people throwing bottles, cans and crip packages into out bin. Once I even found a full bin bag in out bin put there by someone else. One thing is for sure, this thing needs to be well planned and thought out for every eventuality.

  4. Mr. Green says:

    Hello Di, in the Uk, we pay for waste collection as part of our council tax (yearly public facilities bill) It’s a fixed charge and has nothing to do with how much we use them or how much we put in them. In our area, we can easily put ‘extra’ bags or items on the kerbside and they are usually collected as well, provided it is not too large. In the past we have seen neighbours put sofas, beds, cots, large chairs, garage items, furniture and various large items out for collection and they all go into the waste collector lorry. Other areas are more strict and will ONLY take what is in the bin. WE have even seen finacial penalties for residents who allow their waste bit to overflow! It’s all different and that is one major problem that causes unrest with people because its seems unfair for one council to have different rules to anther.

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