Better than green boxes

Today we were privileged to see recycling in action.

Our across-the-road neighbour has, for some time, been keeping rubbish on his roof.  The rubbish included an old, broken umbrella, plastic bags full of empty beer cans and other stuff which was harder to identify.  Many of these items had been put there by the bin men, clearly they have an eye for recycling.  Today we saw our neighbour sell it to one of the men who comes round with a cart, looking for saleable stuff in the street and the bins.  One of the unidentifiable items on the roof turned out to be a largish lump of lead.  Our neighbour made some money and his roof now looks considerably more attractive (though we think he is still saving rubbish for another purpose).

This afternoon we de-cluttered some outside storage space in preparation for some re-surfacing we hope will begin soon.  Various items went out to the bin – and swiftly disappeared.  Two broken hammocks rode down the street on the heads of young lads on scooters (the sort you push with your foot, not the motor kind).  They were kicking an empty paint can.

We now have our own bag of bits of scrap metal and plastic waiting for when someone comes around wanting it.  Someone comes around most days so it should be gone pretty soon.    

This evening we ate tuna bake – this was made with tinned tuna.  The oil in which the fish was preserved was carefully poured back into the can and the can was balanced right side up in the bin.  Before Hilary got back to the gate two cats had their heads in the can.  She’s hoping they got the scraps she took out later.

As Hilary just said, “It’s brilliant – much better than green boxes”.


4 responses to “Better than green boxes

  1. I’ve often said I’m pretty sure the Turks invented recycling. Nothing ever goes to waste.

    • It makes me feel a bit wasteful with the stuff we have been throwing out. On the other hand it does all get put to some sort of use, as you say, nothing seems to go to waste.

  2. I am sure that the real recycling that goes on in Turkey is far more than that through using the ‘green bins’ and recycling boxes in the UK.

    I have only just found your blog so when I have more time I will try to read through the whole thing.


    • Thanks for your comments. Yes, I think the Turkish way of re-purposing everything is much better than the highly reluctant UK approach. Although in Ealing, where we used to live, a lot of the organic waste that was put in the proper boxes went to create heat for the borough.

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