Accusations of “double standards” fly

September 24, 2008 at 1:14 pm

Just when we thought we were doing well as a nation with our recycling, it turns out that there is no room for complacency. Accusations of double standards have been flying recently, with those in the south east of England apparently being the worst offenders.

It seems that far too many of us are heavily reliant on our local council’s schemes rather than taking the initiative ourselves. According to research for Zurich Insurance, thousands of tonnes of rubbish are sent to landfill each week which, if we were just that bit more motivated, could be recycled.

Almost a quarter of us feels that it is too much trouble to go to the local facility and would rather throw rubbish out than have to recycle it ourselves. Whilst a respectable number of us are happy to do our green duty so long as the council picks up our recycling, a small minority (one in eleven) are too lazy even to sort our rubbish and one in eight of us simply cannot be bothered washing out tins and containers for recycling.

If the British public cannot be educated into taking more personal responsibility for recycling then, according to a spokesperson for Zurich Municipal, it is essential that councils “continue to develop flexible plans to meet the demands of this changing landscape."

Zurich’s research also showed that fly tipping has become more of a problem over the last three years and that people in the UK want harsh measures taken against offenders. Almost half of us feels that the vehicle used to commit the offence should be destroyed and almost a fifth would like to see the offenders serve a prison sentence.

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One response to “Accusations of “double standards” fly”

  1. Liz Green says:

    I discovered a place where you can recycle any unwanted household items really easily and it is such an easy site to use. I posted several items and there are lots of things which still can be put to good use looking for new home.

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