I'm going to come out and say that I'm not sure I really get the whole recycling thing. Reduce and reuse? Absolutely! But I just can't get my head around how recycling helps the environment.
We've all heard the cries from older folk about how milk used to come in bottles which were collected, washed and reused and how much better that was and we all laugh and nod in agreement. Then some bright spark points out that the energy cost of collecting, washing and sterilizing the bottles for re-use is much greater than using new plastic or cardboard cartons every time.
I just don't see how collecting, sorting, washing, shredding, transporting and then re-processing this stuff into some other product in other country miles and miles away is energy efficient.
We have a daft system in place here. Plastic, aluminium, and paper/cardboard is supposed to be separated into plastic bags (oh the irony) and collected from our doorstep with our household rubbish but they won't collect glass because it's too noisy!? So, we're then expected to deliver our glass items to recycling banks that could be many miles away. Crazy! All those householders driving around delivering their glass whilst great big trucks collect everything else from their driveway. You see why I find it all a bit confusing. However, there are greater powers than me busy calculating the relative costs and savings so I'll just have to trust that overall, it works.
But, for the sake of landfill – which I completely understand – I am happy to dutifully keep my recyclables out of the bin and ready for collection by an independent recycling man who collects and sorts everything for me – including glass – and charges a mere £10 a month. An absolute bargain!
With that little rant over, we get to why I'm posting today. The simplest of things make life easier and I need somewhere to collect my recyclables once I've rinsed them ready to take out to the collection bin at the end of the week.
My kitchen is small so I can't keep the bin tucked away anywhere inside but there is a little space next to the door where I could hang a bag out of the way and so that's what I set about doing.
I found some fabric and oil cloth in my stash – not exactly a beautiful and eye-catching match but somehow buying new wouldn't really be in the spirit of the thing!
I measured my space and drew up my plan… highly technical stuff.
I cut out the outer fabric and oil cloth (to keep the inside clean and free from leaks), re-enforced the button hole area from which I plan to hang it, put the button holes in and then sewed them into rectangular bags. Pretty straight-forward.
Then I squared off the bottoms to increase the capacity of the bottom
Matched the outside and inside, and sewed them together
Husband screwed some hooks into place for me and ta-dah, recycling sub-station complete.
No more running out into the rain.