With a family of 5, we produce quite a bit of waste. I try to be mindful of packaging in the supermarket, and have three bins to sort my waste.
Producers use a plethora of packaging, often combinations of plastic, aluminium, and cardboard. I understand the product needs to be well-protected, and discerning yourself on the shelves helps sell more products.
But I hate the amount of waste we produce. And I find it incomprehensible that the government isn’t more forceful. Rather than increasing the number of bins, why not force producers to use one of these three :
- Paper and carboard
- Glass (bottles and jars)
These can readily be recycled. Of course there is option 4:
4. You use whatever packaging you want, but then as a producer or sector you are responsible for collection and recycling.
It sounds like like a no-brainer or a naieve, uninformed suggestion. But maybe our government advisory panels on waste have too many representatives of free-market entrepreneurs?