Friday, 16 April 2010

The D.B.B.

The D.B.B. put in its first apperance on Monday...............
D.B.B. stands for Dreaded Brown Bucket lol
Our District Council is about to start kerbside collection of kitchen/food waste, giving each household a brown plastic bucket and "bio-degradable" liners for putting their food waste in. This information they dissemianted via a leaflet and the council's newsletter, delivered to each household. I presume they think not everyone reads these/this, and they could well be right, as on Monday a woman appeared at the door, to demonstrate one of these buckets.(I read everything from the Council as I"m very nosey and would hate to miss anything lol)
I explained to her that I really had no need for the bucket - the part I was apprehensive about, hence the D.B.B. I expected the "Ah, but you *must* have one etc etc line, but no, she was fine, made a note on her list, but couldn't promise it would't actually turn up next week; in which case I'd have to get the men on the lorry to pick it up and take it back.
I can see a lot of folks would make use of it, but not here. With a large selection of offspring, OH and various livestock, there is virtually no food waste here apart from the occasional bones. These will now go on the compost heap.
It has forced me to look into the last bit of recycling a bit harder- bones; they can be cooked and crushed and added to the compost, or dug straight into the soil, as long as as much trace of smell of meat, fish etc is removed as much as possible.
Another loop closed.
I don't want another piece of plastic hanging about; something else to keep track of; to keep clean; tkae the onus off me to work harder at dealing with my waste that I produce - kick up the bum time.
So, while I appreciate that not everyone can use up their food "waste" like we can, this is one household in Dorset that will be D.B.B.- less.


Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah,the wheelie bin saga. We started with one when I moved here which was collected every two weeks, then the council gave us another one for organic waste which was fine as we could recycle glass, cans and clothing in the village, plastic and electrical goods in Stornoway when we shopped. A month ago two more wheelie bins arrived!!! Yes you read that right, two more wheelie bins. Now we have one for land fill, not much goes in there. One for organic waste, one for plastic, metal, paper and cardboard and one for glass. The two new ones are collected once a month. I am not sure who at the council or what they were thinking when they dreamt up this scheme. I now go to the bin and spend five minutes looking at them trying to decide which one to put things in. To add to my confusion some items we could put in the organic bin now go in another bin. I do not know how some elderly people will cope working it out as to what goes in which bin, when to put which ones out to the road or even how they will manage to trundle four wheelie bins backwards and forwards. I doubt they would even half fill one if it were collected every six months, and here empty wheelie bins just take themselves for a walk in strong winds. Ours are weighted down with rocks on the top when it is windy. Lastly just to finish the saga for those people that do not have much of a garden where are they going to put them except line them up outside the door! Mandy

Ruth@VS said...

We are still on a plastic bag collection here. The Council has tried to force us into wheelie bins, without success as most of us have nowhere to put them, and we are in a conservation area, so having bins standing outside the front doors of listed buildings is a no-no! Well, too hard to do anyway. It does amaze me the amount of rubbish some people generate, but like you, I produce very little as most of it goes on the compost heap, I re-use packaging in my business parcels and burn any left over cardboard/paper. Plastic, glass and newspapers go to the recycling bins at Tesco. I'm not sure we will escape the recycling mania altogether, but most people round here are fairly conscientious anyway. Hadn't thought about bones, but you're right, you can find a way of dealing with them.

Anonymous said...

I read somewhere of a lady who kept her cooked bones in a net bag hanging from the garage ceiling until they were completely dry, then had great fun smasing them to powder with a mallet, to add to the soil. Where there's a will.....

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