Posted: 24/03/2013 at 22:23
Simples here. 10 or more years ago the local council announced that they woul dbe giving out transparent blue bags into which we should put PMC - plastic bottles, tetra pak cartons and tins - and they would be collected for free. At the same time, each household would be issued with a bar coded wheelie bin and every time we put it out to be emptied it would be weighed and scanned and we would be charged accordingly. It really worked and recycling is now an automatic habit for the vast majority. Now we just pay a flat rate for rubbish removal but it hasn't gone up in years.
Papers and cardboard are collected once a month, the blue bags every 2 weeks and wheelie bins as often as we put them out as there's a weekly collection. Our council encourages people with gardens to make compost bins and offers classes in compost making but also allows garden waste to be taken to the container park for composting. They will collect from any home with no transport. They also come round every 3 months for large objects that don't fit in cars such as old furniture and mattresses.
There are bottle banks next to every cemetery - on the grounds that you can't wake the dead with late night bottle smashing - and the container park has sections for electrical goods, batteries, chemicals, plastics, packaging, plant pots, car oils, kitchen oils, medicines and so on. All part of teh service for residents but a scale of fees for commercial users and people who live elsewhere. We have to produce our ID card when we go.
Old household appliances have to be taken away by the people supplying the new one and we pay a €20 fee with every purchase of a new fridge or washing machine to cover the cost of safe dumping and recycling.