In the past week I have, again, fallen behind with my reading.

This is true of WordPress, where I have once again not found time to keep up with everyone. It has also been true of my book reading. Over the last few weeks I’ve noticed that I haven’t actually picked a book up, which is unusual. I did read part of a crime novel this week, but that was because I had three medical appointments and needed something to fill the waiting time.

I have been doing a bit on the net, and have read a couple of gardening magazines but that has been it. I also read part of a Daily Mail a neighbour lent me, but that proved to be a miserable experience.

Ebay, as you can probably tell from my recent ramblings, has been taking up too much of my time. I’ll cover that at length in a later post.

Medically speaking, everything seems to be going well. I’m not going to say too much as you never know what’s around the corner.

So, that just leaves the dustbins. Our bin day is Friday. This Friday is was the recycling and garden waste bins. I picked Julia up from work and we went for a coffee. When we returned home they were still on the pavement and the garden waste bin had a sticker on top.

It seems that the bin had not been emptied because it contained either bricks, breeze blocks, rubble, rope, trellis, treated timber, animal waste, plant pots, soil, wood chipboard, bagged garden waste, bagged domestic waste or food waste.

This seemed strange because when I looked at it I couldn’t see any of that. This is only the second time we’ve put the garden waste bin out this year, and it was only about 25% full and there wasn’t much for the heinous contraband to hide behind.

That’s why I ended up with the Daily Mail. It seems that local councils are taking a hard line on such things, even to the point of fitting up to seven cameras on a bin lorry. I won’t talk about litter, poor school standards or any other council issue, because all that is important is that they issue their quota of stickers.

I know that recycling is important, and needs to be monitored, but I think this is a bit over the top. I will be discussing it with them next week.

This isn’t just an idle threat, I really will get on with this one.

I’m fairly sure that they have opened the bin, looked at the hedge clippings and mouldy plums and decided that the plums are food waste. Β In fact, with them coming straight off the tree they are garden waste. I would probably just have composted them, but Julia took them off and she tends to get rid of them so the mould doesn’t cause further problems. She’s more professional than I am.

I can see why they wouldn’t want food waste in there, but if a few mouldy plums are a problem where do you draw the line? Will yellowing cabbage leaves, ground elder and nettle tops all be seen as contraband? You can eat them so I would suggest they should be. What about rhubarb leaves? They are poisonous, but they are also waste from food. And tomatoes with blight?

The world has gone mad.

Of course, there’s a little voice at the back of my head suggesting that if we had better schools in Nottingham council employees might be bright enough to work out that mouldy plums are garden waste.

I probably won’t mention that in my email.


14 thoughts on “Summary

    1. quercuscommunity

      If they’d refused to take the recycling bin I could understand it as there’s bound to be a problem in their, but the garden bin – we must compost 95% of our waste so there should be no margin for error.

  1. higgledypiggledymom

    Now we live in the city, so we have to buy large yard waste bags to use for yard waste and put out on the curb. I miss when we could just throw them in the compost bin, over the bank and all that. It gets composted and used just as easily. We have large recycle and garbage bins, now but seems like we recycle or yard waste more than we garbage. I’m getting confused with the terms but know how to organise our “want nots.” Heaven forbid the infernal stickers from those above and remove.

  2. Clare Pooley

    It was probably the plums. Some people living near me have had similar problems. Our local council started charging us a fee to take away garden waste so we opted out. We only ever put infected plants or roots from ground elder and the like in the bin so we don’t miss it really.

    1. quercuscommunity

      Yes, it can only be the plums, though it is illogical to treat them as food waste.

      Our collection costs us nothing but we use it so little we wouldn’t miss it. Half a mile away, in a different council area, they charge Β£35 a year for removal of garden waste.

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