In the latter instance, we got to experience what it is like to have your household waste and recycling limited, which isn't the case here in London, and with seven of us in the household for the week and the bins already being virtually full from the previous visitors, it was a little challenging to say the least.
Whilst not meaning to sound smug or like I'm gloating, as I realise this is a very contentious issue to those affected, it has had the effect of making me really appreciate the service we currently get from our local council, which is still weekly in the case of all waste. In spite of this, I still would like to reduce our waste as much as is humanly possible and try to recycle more if possible. It's an ongoing project of mine.
Having said this, I am very sad to report that this summer the council finally decided to stop providing the much valued free community skip service within the borough, that was incredibly well utilised to dispose of any excess or bulky items that were difficult to put in the normal waste. The skips themselves were usually full within a couple of hours of being put in place and we've often saved ourselves a car journey to the tip by utilising them. Instead, the council have opted to provide a seperate bulk item collection service only from now on. A sad, but probably inevitable occurence I realise.
Whilst this doesn't affect us too badly, as we have a car and can take any excess waste, be it from diy, the garden, furniture or electricals, to the waste depot in a neighbouring borough, it might cause problems for others who don't. I haven't heard of any marches or demonstrations in support of keeping it, so I guess the majority of people either didn't even know about it or weren't all that bothered. It will be interesting to see if it has an effect on the amount of illegally dumped rubbish in the borough.
All this thinking about rubbish and waste has, since getting home, got me once again considering how we can cut down our own waste, from our current one bin bag of household waste per week, most weeks, and usual one to two bags of recycling per week, to even less, in an attempt to get as near to zero waste as possible. Managing to reduce our waste to half a bag per week would feel very satisfying indeed. I'm still working on it. Any suggestions or ideas are very welcome at this point.
NOTE: Zero Waste Week from 1st September - 7th September