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Subject Topic: Campsite Owner - Advice on Recycling Post Reply Post New Topic
09/10/2015 at 9:36am
 Location: Forest of Dean Gloucestershire
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We are having a rethink of how we collect our waste having had a letter from Biffa saying they are changing their policies. What do others do when it comes to splitting general waste from recycling waste? Do you have multiple bins? What works well and doesn't work well?

Any Advice welcomed.


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09/10/2015 at 1:35pm
 Location: Llanidloes Powys
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Talk to Jakers on here.
She recycles at her site.


09/10/2015 at 1:56pm
 Location: Oxford
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Most sites we have used have separate bins, biffa can supply these for you, they have different prices depending upon how you want to recycle whether you want to separate at source or send mixed recycling. Obviously space may be an issue having multiple bins.
I have used Biffa for temporary events and whilst most people are generally pretty good at separating landfill from recycling, they tend not to be that good at separating the recycling into cans, paper and glass.
That being said you will probably find that campers are generally a bit more conscientious


09/10/2015 at 7:14pm
 Location: Lancashire
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My experience of camping in France indicates that campers are no better at recycling than anyone else. And this isn't Brits, we scarcely see any, it's Dutch, Germans, with a few others.


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09/10/2015 at 7:28pm
 Location: Ayrshire
 Outfit: Auto-Sleeper MHs
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We recycle conscientiously at home & do as much as we can when we're away. One CCC site did none at all as the Council didn't collect separately, they said. We've been to only one CS (the Clink) where they compost food waste themselves. Other owners separate glass & take it to the disposal point themselves - alarming how quickly the bin fills with bottles of wine & beer. But generally we've been frustrated to see how much plastic, metal & paper goes into the one bag then into the landfill bin when there are recycling bins right next door. Fastidious about putting their hands into their bags to sort their own rubbish? Unthinking or uncaring about landfill sites which aren't in their own town? Don't realise the cost implications? Or just plain lazy? Not their problem? I've taken electrical goods home - a perfectly good heater & radio at two sites, left by the bin. And the worst are folk at the end of the holiday - I've seen tents, towels, clothes, chairs, all binned. Sorry for the long reply but you hit a raw nerve!

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2024 = 2 sites / 4 nights. 2023 = 9/23. 2022 = 13/35. 2021 = 11/29. 2020 = 4/20. 2019 = 13/35. 2018 = 20/33. 2017 = 10/22. 2016 = 19/33. 2015 = 15 sites / 27 nights. Didn't count 1976 to 2014.


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09/10/2015 at 8:10pm
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It is my understanding that a good percentage of waste put out for recycling (most of it in fact) doesn't actually get recycled, mainly because we don't have the dedicated recycling plants to deal with it all. A lot of it is sent abroad where people's lives are put at risk with toxic waste.

At home I used to wash and separate tin cans for recycling then along came the water board and forced a water meter on me which doubled my water bill. I refuse to pay for water to wash stuff that is going down the tip so most of the tin cans except clean ones go in the normal rubbish.

When camping, the last thing I want in my tent is an array of different rubbish bins or carrier bags holding an assortment of different rubbish so that I can dutifully place it all in separate bins and have a clear conscience. I am a solo camper so don't generate much waste anyway but I have one carrier bag for rubbish and it goes in the general waste bin daily. I might condescend to put a bottle in the glass bin if I have one in the carrier bag.

As I understand it there are people employed to sort rubbish down at the tip and if it's all sorted for them they won't have a job.

The only people to benefit from recycling are those who work in recycling and charge or get paid highly for shifting more and more different coloured bins around the country.

I had a Dyno Rod man come to my house the other day because the sewers were blocked. He was rabbiting on and complaining about people putting wet wipes down the loo and that was the cause of most of his call-outs. I had to bite my lip from telling him if they didn't he wouldn't have a job.

It's a raw nerve with me too


09/10/2015 at 8:24pm
 Location: Southport
 Outfit: Adria Adora Premium Yeti 4x4 run about
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MY last site had four different colours of bin for various items and still people dumped their rubbish by the bin not in it because they were to bloody lazy to lift the lid.

As Fiona said end of season or leaving site just dumped perfectly good gear in the bin park because their to lazy to take it home.
The warden use to make a few bob on the side selling gear to second hand dealers who stripped vans.
Alongside each site tap there was afenced off area containing four round plastic bins to put your food waste in supermarket bags then inside black bin liners in the bins which warden emptied each morning.if the first bin was full they just dumped it on top.I am sure they donot sort rubbish at the tip sights unless a dead camper turns up. but they do sort rubbish at recycle sites which are different kettle of fish, a lot of it is automated now days. even your council sites have different bays for different waste.

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09/10/2015 at 8:36pm
 Location: Milton Keynes
 Outfit: Bailey Alliance 66-2 Motorhome
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Surely you need to seek more advice from Biffa? If you know how they want to organise waste and collections it should be a simple choice of setting site waste collections to suit. Unfortunately you won't stop those lazy people who have no interest in recycling. At home all our recycling goes into a pink sack so pretty visable when put out for collection. In all the years we have been going it there is one house where they hardly ever put out a pink sack!!!

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09/10/2015 at 10:47pm
 Location: West Wales
 Outfit: Pili Pala Pod
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It largely depends on your local council? General waste for us is collected via an 1100 ltr bin by a private waste company. We operate what we call a mickey mouse recycling which consist of 'normal' waste bins split into our councils catagories for recycling, apart from glass which our council does not recycle. ...... some customers do bother to recycle but largely we put in great efforts ensuring things are in the right bins it does save us considerable money than having to jave it all get paid for via general waste. ... hope that helps!

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10/10/2015 at 3:02pm
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Recycling is good if you want a David Bellamy Award


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10/10/2015 at 7:36pm
 Location: West Wales
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Campsites have to pay to be involved in david bellamy so would get it regardless of recycling ;)

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10/10/2015 at 9:22pm
 Location: Sheffield or my happy place
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When we are away we recycle if the site has facilities. We tend to recycle glass and paper\cardboard and the rest just goes in general waste.


11/10/2015 at 3:08pm
 Location: Bude
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We have multiple dustbins around the site at several locations for customers to put their waste in which we then collect and empty into the various 1100l bins in our bin compound provided by Cory for the different types of waste. We have ordinary metal dustbins for the general waste and 4 different coloured metal dustbins for the recycling. It is very labour intensive in collecting, sorting and putting into the big bins but we don't want/have the space around the site for Cory's big bins - they are hidden away in a compound which is accessible by Cory direct from the public road (don't want their big lorries driving around the campsite picking up their bins). We have several sets of bins throughout the site so campers do not have to walk too far.
Unfortunately some people are unable to put their waste in the correct recycling bin (brightly coloured signs above each bin) and we have to do sorting ourselves although when a bin of say plastic waste is contaminated with take away boxes of food then it all ends up in the general waste which is very fustrating.
It does take more time though and we had to up our maintenance staffing levels during the summer months but we think this gives the best experience to our customers.


11/10/2015 at 8:48pm
 Location: West Yorkshire
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We recycle at home and try to do so when away, yes, it might be seen that folk are lazy, but because the waste is classified differently in different areas, it can be confusing! The way my daughter sorts her rubbish just a few miles away is totally different from our local council guidelines.
So we sort things out in the motorhome, then get to the bins and find metal and paper can't be together.....etc


11/10/2015 at 8:48pm
 Location: Sheffield
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One bag for all recyclables, one for non. Anything is just not acceptable when on my holidays !



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