By Bernie Bell
I was told……..by someone as knows…… that quite a lot of folk in Orkney don’t put out their re-cycling. It makes the re-cycling round easier for the bin-men, but it’s not a good thing, at all, and I was wondering……why?
The facility is there, a lot of thought and work has gone into providing the people of Orkney with this facility, so …why?
I wonder if maybe folk just can’t be bothered with it – can’t be bothered to sort all the stuff into different containers, and can’t be bothered to take labels off and wash things out?
I remember years ago when we lived in Suffolk I knew a woman who, when the idea of re-cycling collections was first mooted, was puttering about it as she said she didn’t have the time to sort stuff out or wash things. Then, when it actually came into practice she took to it with a vengeance! She loved the process of dividing it all up neatly, and as she had a bit of a mania for cleanliness, she took great pride in thoroughly removing the labels and thoroughly rinsing out the jars, cans and bottles. No one’s re-cycling was cleaner than her re-cycling!
She had a dog, a spaniel, who loved to get mucky and wet, and she didn’t only wash his collar once a week – she dis-infected it once a week! An old chap I knew said “The kind of dog she wants, is a picture of a dog.” And he was right.
But the mania for cleaning did come in handy when it came to re-cycling!
The man-as-knows also told me that the bin-men can tell who the drinkers are – and he gave a knowing look………