Just occasionally the House of Lords come up with good ideas and yesterday was one of those days when they had a debate about recycling, some of which can be seen here.
One of the ideas was that recycling methods should be standardised across the country. Some areas might use a green bin for plastic, others might use a red bin, my area uses orange sacks. A lady lord said it should all be the same all across the country, I agree with her.
The minster suggested a return and reward scheme, so if you return plastic bottles back to a shop, you get some money back. Sounds good to me. When my dad was a kid he used to collect bottles, bits of metal from various houses and would get money for them when he sold them on. Kids have it too easy now, they should work a little bit and perhaps collect plastic and glass bottles for a return and reward scheme.
Other Lords said that what can and cannot be recycled is Confucius, ie black plastic cannot be recycled and neither can the plastic that surrounds many magazines and the Lords went on to suggest that only recyclable materials should be used.
So, should recycling be easier? What should be done? Do you recycle, or do you bin everything? (Go on, admit it if you do!)