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Message posted by ALI16206/6/2012 at 7:57pm
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At home recycling is now second nature to us - we always separate all our glass and cardboards etc and take down to the local recycling point. Whilst camping we always look for any onsite recycling facilities. We are just back from a great weekend of camping in Ayrshire but unfortunately the site that we were staying at did not have any recycling (this is not the first one we have come across lately). We were talking to the owner and asked why no recycling facilities were available onsite - to which her answer took us slightly aback - she stated that she is all in favour of recycling but the costs are prohibative. She told us that if she introduces recycling - for every accidental bottle/can/plastic placed into the wrong wheeliebin the owner incurs a charge of 50 per item. So she says its cheaper to have a central skip onsite for all rubbish emptied at a cost of 200.

Now in this age of recycling, recycling and more recycling why is it that the local council are so stringent on charging any little mistakes. After all, who is charged when your local recycling point has items in the wrong bins - therefore being contaminated in the same manner.

In the end we took home all our empty bottles (of which there were quite a few - I think its all down to this buzzword "commercial waste". Has anyone else come across the same sort of reasons for not recycling on campsites?

Message posted by stampy06/6/2012 at 8:10pm
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I have found it depends a lot on the council, I went to one recently where they ahd to pay for their recycling collections as a business, and just couldnt afford another overhead that isnt totally necessary.

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If you order a skip the contents are recycled, the skip contents are not simply dumped into landfill, the cost for that is 62/tonne landfill tax. The skip will go back to skip hire firm's yard, contents will be tipped out & all glass/stone/metal/plastic/black bag etc, separated, only landfill waste(ie rubbish)will go to landfill, everything else will be recycled. Skip firms make money by tipping as little of their collected waste into landfill as possible, everything that can be recycled, is.

By using the skip the campsite is actually recycling more efficiently than relying on campers to separate their waste & place in correct bin.

Message posted by ALI16206/6/2012 at 8:15pm
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We didn't know that Tentz, thanks makes us feel a little better...

Message posted by millermicm06/6/2012 at 8:40pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Tentz on 06/6/2012
If you order a skip the contents are recycled, the skip contents are not simply dumped into landfill, the cost for that is 62/tonne landfill tax. The skip will go back to skip hire firm's yard, contents will be tipped out & all glass/stone/metal/plastic/black bag etc, separated, only landfill waste(ie rubbish)will go to landfill, everything else will be recycled. Skip firms make money by tipping as little of their collected waste into landfill as possible, everything that can be recycled, is.

By using the skip the campsite is actually recycling more efficiently than relying on campers to separate their waste & place in correct bin.

OR the unscrupulous operators chuck it in the hedge. Round here there are some country roads that often get blocked with tipped commercial waste. Then the council go round and pick it up from time to time and receive no payment from anyone.

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Indeed, but even if the waste is fly tipped, once collected legally, it will be correctly recycled, this whether done by local council or legitimate skip hire company, the incentive is the 62/tonne landfill tax. This means that most recyclable material is eventually recycled however it is disposed of initially.

Message posted by franbee06/6/2012 at 10:30pm
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We are avid reyclers and always try to put our waste into the correct bins. However on our recent visit to France, I was always pulling recyclable waste out of the garbage bin and putting it in the correct bin. And this was on a site full of Dutch. I expected better of them.

Message posted by girlwomble06/6/2012 at 11:34pm
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Moffat C&CC site does post collection recycling too. Everything goes into the bins and then the rubbish is taken off site and sorted.

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Message posted by daveslisa07/6/2012 at 8:27am
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At a site we regularly used last year all of the rubbish had to be in black bags otherwise the bin men wouldn't empty the bins at all.....no recycling facilities unless you went to the local tip. In our area, recycling is everything with our local council....our garden looks like the refuse area of a block of flats for all the different bins and bags we have to fill! 

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