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On 22 May 2008 at 1:05pm TheGoodKing wrote:
Does anyone know where you can recycle cardboard and plastic packaging in Lewes. The box it scheme doesn't take either, and all the sites i've seen say no cardboard or plastic that isn't bottles. Hate having to throw it away with the rubbish so currently have loads of cardboard filling up my shed!
On 22 May 2008 at 1:20pm Joogle wrote:
You can take cardboard to the tip at Ham Lane or to the re-cycling centre at North Street (this is good for when the tip is closed as you can leave stuff outside at any hour).
Plastic packaging is another matter - I have no idea.
On 22 May 2008 at 1:20pm Taff wrote:
Try the 'Cardboard Only' skip down the tip in Ham Lane
On 22 May 2008 at 1:47pm Heffer wrote:
The North Street container for Cardboard is a nightmare at the best of times. It spills all over the place and if its a windy day you might as well throw it all up in the air! This recycling lark is addictive but having to drive around with the stuff in the car defeats the purpose surely. In the 70s the dustcarts in Lewes had a trailer on the back filled with cardboard. Anyone else remember this? They were all quite good looking trucks back then too. A mid green colour, nice curved cabs on them... not like the horrors of today. Opps. sorry gone off on one there.
On 22 May 2008 at 2:11pm TheGoodKing wrote:
Down to Ham lane it is then, although driving there does somewhat defeat the purpose as Heffer says. Anyone else got any idea with the plastic?
On 22 May 2008 at 3:33pm INRS wrote:
It is my understanding that whilst there are facilities for receiving cardboard because it is a legal requirement, there are currently no facilities for actually recycling it and it all ends up at Beddingham landfill in any case !
On 23 May 2008 at 4:01am expat two wrote:
Its yet another example of greenwashing a PR trick to make you think youre doing something positive when youre not. More than 95% of cardboard in Europe is made from farmed forestry. The more cardboard and paper you recycle, the less those forests get replanted, therefore recycling actually leads to fewer trees and the recyling process wastes energy & resources. Of course this is only important if youve fallen for the Eco-Fundamentalists lies that CO2 has any effect on global warming.
On 23 May 2008 at 7:58am Heffer wrote:
Expat, I hear lots of arguements against recycling like that. And the one about it all ends up in the Landfill anyway. Surely the trouble is: what do you propose we do with all the waste we create? The problem lies in finding a balance: by providing somewhere for stuff to usefully go when we've finished with it, a desire to reduce waste and packaging in the first place and then solid protection in place for forests, natural resources, etc? Recycling is also market driven and seems to have little connection between the cost of new things we buy and the consequences of getting rid of all the packaging and useless stuff its wrapped in, which, lets face it, constitues much of our garbage slung out for the dustmen each week!
On 23 May 2008 at 9:37am Mystic Mog wrote:
INRS how do you know that it goes to landfill? Is this just a rumour or is it fact?
On 23 May 2008 at 11:13am INRS wrote:
I dont know it to be a fact, but I have heard it from several people. As far as I understand though, it only applies to the cardboard, whilst the paper, glass, cans etc. do actually get recycled. If its just a rumour, its a bit of an odd thing to start a rumour about ! Would of course be interesting to hear the truth of it. Cant be too hard to find out I suppose.
On 23 May 2008 at 3:15pm heffer wrote:
A friend of mine was a bit of a recycling boffin and she said that cardboard in the mix of general landfill was helpful in getting it all to break down quicker. And that dividing up waste often leaves us with the most difficult to degrade stuff sitting in the ground for longer periods. Or something like that!
On 23 May 2008 at 6:41pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
There is a skip for cardboard at Ham Lane tip. Don't know about the plastic though.

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