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Hi, I'm Nicola - welcome to a blog about family travel around the world, without leaving the UK.
I love travel adventures, but to save cash and keep my family's carbon footprint lower, I dreamt up a unique stay-at-home travel experience. So far I've visited 110 countries... without leaving the UK. Join me exploring the next 86! Or have a look at the "countries" you can discover within the UK by scrolling the labels (below right). Here's to happy travel from our doorsteps. See www.nicolabaird.com for info about the seven books I've written, a link to my other blog on thrifty, creative childcare (homemadekids.wordpress.com) or to contact me.

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

To the dump

Nicola & Pete plus daughters Lola, now 9 and Nell, now 7, spent last year exploring Britain in a carbon-light manner. Our spring 2008 challenge is to give up waste from 24 March to 24 April. Most posts are by Nicola (as it was her silly idea). This is how it’s going:

For the past year we’ve been collecting Tetra-pak cartons (see pic of my crammed cycle panniers) so that we can take them to Islington’s grand dump – which promises that it can even deal with Tetra-pak. As I cycled towards the waste centre (which spreads between Holloway and Caledonia Roads and is boxed in by a railway edged by social housing) a security guard waved me over and explained that even with my hard hat and hi-vis jacket it wasn’t OK for me to go into the main collecting chamber. Health and safety you understand.

Tetra-pak is a complex mix of aluminum and plastics, which in theory can be melted down and re-used. However most people dump it now that you are no longer able to print out labels and send back to the factory. A few boroughs have arranged to collect it but the sites are extremely limited, hence today’s mission to the Islington Recycling Centre.

Reluctantly I put six yellow pages/phone directories and two bike pannier bags of Tetra-paks into the temporary recycling skip by his hut, hoping that Islington really does sort through the stray pedestrian and cyclists’ bin.

I’d have been more bad tempered about this if the security guard hadn’t mistaken me for a student (it’s easy to please me!) or there wasn’t such a steep ramp up to the recycling area which I’d been obliged to avoid.

Verdict: cyclists have it easy. Car drivers have to do their own sorting.

1 comment:

Karin said...

We're lucky here, we recently had tetra-pak recycling bins installed in various handy local sites. Not sure if it's Surrey-wide, or just Waverley and Guildford.