One of the things I have to get to grips with in my new flat is the change of borough – I’m now in Southwark having previously been in Lambeth. It’s hard to tell in London where one borough ends and the next starts if you travel around, but it makes quite an impact if your everyday life. Normally most people feel it in terms of Council Tax rates, but those are about the same for Lambeth and Southwark. For me the first major problem has been recycling.
Lambeth has an excellent ‘Orange Bag’ system [see this] whereas all Southwark can manage is a series of ‘Recycling Centres’ that allow you to recycle only glass, metal and paper [see this]. What am I supposed to do with packaging, drinks cartons, plastic bottles? It’s no wonder that the UK is 3rd worst for waste recycling in the EU-15 – here’s the BBC news story on that.