Here are our bins which we have just been given by Hull City Council last year as part of a special push for recycling as before we just had one. The green one is for general waste and the blue one is for paper. We also have a bin to collect plastic bottles.
I am particularly pleased about the blue bin as I am a great paper reader and before we very quickly accumulated huge piles of papers under the stairs which we then had to get to the recyling plant ourselves (thereby wasting more energy). If you look at how high the blue bin (which fills up very quickly) you can imagine how big the pile of papers was. Sometimes I look at the size of my Sunday paper and feel guilty at the amount of trees being wasted to make it but I reason that lots of young trees growing to make the papers have got to produce a lot of oxygen which has to be a good thing environmentally speaking. Recyling of papers is a good thing. Where we used to live, as my husband could tell you, there used to be a large metal container where people used to put their used papers and I was not above quickly taking one off the top if it was a particularly interesting title and there was nobody about , rather in the manner of young disreputable bag lady in the making.
Everyone cooperates with the bins and pulls all the bins to the front verge on bin day, which can only mean that they think it is in a good cause. I do think people drink a lot, looking in some of the bottle bins as I walk by. Some of them are shockingly full after only a week. I can only hope they have been having cocktail parties.