Having declared a climate emergency, Shropshire Council has now removed all recycling banks. Duh. They say you can use the kerbside recycling instead, but this doesn’t include Tetra Packs, which will have to be put in the black bin and incinerated or taken to the nearest recycling centre (in our case in Craven Arms).
Let’s not be too unkind to the council; even though their previous decision to freeze Council tax for six years has left them about £120 million worse off, hindsight is a wonderful thing and we are where we are, which is not a good place at all. However, driving 16 miles to Craven Arms and back in an average car will put nearly 12kg of CO2 into the atmosphere and nearly three times as much if it’s a 4×4 gas guzzler*. And sending them off to be burnt won’t help the climate emergency either.
We can’t go on hoping someone else will solve the climate crisis for us, so here’s an idea: Could someone in your road take on the job of collecting Tetra Packs and taking them to the recycling centre when they are next going that way? Could that person be you?
Tell us in the comment section below or contact us if you’re prepared to help in this way. If you can’t get to the recycling centre yourself, see if a neighbour will transport them for you. It can’t be that hard, can it? We’ve all got to do our bit for the War Effort.
*See ‘How Bad are Bananas – the Carbon Footprint of Everything’ by Mike Berners-Lee