Peering into my very own blue bin this morning, wondering if it should go out for collection, made me realise how far I’ve come in the past two years, since leaving my old life behind in London!
Back then, in the flats, we had just two huge recycling bins, that were very often full. I contributed to them a lot. I would have a Daily Mail Mon-Fri. The Saturday one, with a thick supplement. Then I’d try and get the free magazines from the station at the top of the market, the Metro and London Evening Standard. Together with the usual stuff, milk cartons, drinks cans and food sleeves and packaging, my trips out to the bins were too frequent. But if they were contaminated, and not collected, that meant I couldn’t dispose of what used to be a huge bag of stuff, and I’d end up driving to the nearby Sainsburys to use their recycling facilities. On top of all that, I’d have my fortnightly computer magazine, and often would pick up Writing, and maybe one or two general mags, like Yours. A colleague once said my home must have been a huge fire risk!!
When I moved here to Lowestoft it all changed. I no longer had a newsagent within walking distance, so no Daily Mail. I could no longer pick up a Metro, or Evening Standard. I had to rely on occasional trips into town if I wanted a paper, but that would mean a short drive. (But as my sister was hospitalised a week after I moved, shopping trips were out.)
So I turned to online reading. I remembered a London neighbour had started subscribing to the DM so I too joined. What a revelation! Access to my paper 7 days a week, and no physical waste inside the home. I also was getting daily links to the Metro, and could find the Standard online too if I had the time to read it. Not only that, but via my library subscription I can use Wordpress to read pretty much every magazine I want to, including my Computeractive, Writing and Yours. I just need to sign in each month to continue.
Our bins alternate fortnightly, and as I checked the contents of the blue one this morning I couldn’t remember when it last went out. Maybe 4-6 weeks ago as it was only 3/4s full. So I got hold of my compost bin aerator, and pushed down on the contents, taking it down to now half full. Yay! I Still have milk bottles, cans, and food packaging, and my weekly tv magazine, but haven’t a clue of the percentage I have reduced in the past 2 years. It must be good though, right?