We all know communicating with its residents is one thing that Greenwich Council is very bad at. But we also know that Greenwich is very good at recycling things. And no, I don’t just mean photos and features in Greenwich Time, it’s the very real achievement of recycling more rubbish and burning or burying less of it. The collections themselves can be haphazard and the wheelie bin slalom is still a problem, although less of an issue than it was in the past (at least in my neck of the woods). But generally, it works.
So you might like to know that you can now stick wax fruit juice cartons – Tetrapaks – in the council’s blue recycling bins instead of hauling them down to a supermarket car park or chucking them in the black, non-recylables bin. It’s long overdue, but good news all the same. Hooray!
You might have missed this piece of genuine good news, though, because it was buried in an ad at the back of Greenwich Time a few weeks ago. (You can also now recycle paperback books, it would appear.) Not a mention in the editorial, and nothing at all on the council’s website. In fact, the recycling section hasn’t even been updated to take into account the change.
Over in Lewisham, there’s been a similar change – see a council officer helping explain all this on Brockley Central – but Greenwich has been weirdly quiet about something it should be trumpeting from the rooftops. Of course, in a saner London each borough would have the same recycling policies so there’d be less confusion over what to stick in which bin, but this silly situation makes it even more important that Greenwich gets its message across.
But anyway – now you know. Have your five-a-day. And get recycling.