Thursday, May 17, 2007

Malcolm's rubbish: an update

A week ago Malcolm posed the question Con or conundrum?

He was querying what the Haringey Borough refuse service would take as either Household waste or recycling (or, in his case, neither).

Last week's leavings by both included a broken wicker basket, a shopping bag, a bag of paper shreddings and foam-plastic camping pallets. Out of common decency, he informed the Borough he was posting here.

In due course, he received a reply:
Dear customer,

Thank you for your enquiry dated 10/5/2007.

Please be advised that your email has been forwarded to Haringey Accord. I have also sent a copy to the recycling department as well. Should you need to contact them directly please email to or respectively.

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Michael Green

Customer Services

Well, here we go for the second helping.

This week the paper shreddings, the plastic shopping bag and the basket were accepted. The camping rolls were again rejected. A bag of polystyrene beads (the kind used in bean-bags) was rejected (curiously, a similar bag was accepted last week). A turned wooden toilet-roll holder was also rejected.

So Michael Green is getting another email.

In the meanwhile, Malcolm has been informed that packaging is not recyclable, even when it bears the recycling logo. Stranger and stranger.

Is this a local problem, peculiar to the London Borough of Haringey? Sphere: Related Content

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