Saturday, December 31, 2005

December 30th, 2005:
Recycling in Sweden

What I think:

I have a love/hate relationship with the extent to which recycling is so big in Sweden. Nearly all of your rubbish must be sorted: paper, cardboard packaging, hard plastic, soft plastic, metal, clear glass, coloured glass - even the scraps of your food waste have to be put into special biodegradable bags and placed in a separate bin (this waste is used to produce "bio-gas", which Helsingborg buses now run on).

Obviously, all of this recycling is fantastic, and of the utmost importance for the environment, but finding space for all of these separate bags and/or bins in my kitchen is a real pain in the butt. And those empty cat food tins and milk containers start to smell after a couple of days. You feel obliged to wash all of your rubbish - which you're supposed to do anyway. I never thought I'd see the day that I'd have to wash my rubbish.

It's time that the Swedish government did something about it. That's what I think.

The news today (oh, boy)
Polls from the world outside:

UK - Poll Backs Total Ban: A new opinion poll indicates a majority of Britons wants smoking banned in all workplaces in Britain. A survey by anti-smoking groups indicated 72% of those asked agreed that workplaces, including pubs and bars, should be smoke-free.
From Sky News

US - Poll: First lady embraced, president not: Nearly three-quarters have a favorable opinion of Laura Bush... Far more Americans think highly of first lady Laura Bush than they think of her husband, a poll released Thursday said. Fewer than half of Americans say they have a favorable opinion of President Bush and his top aides, about the same number who said that last summer, the poll found. But nearly three out of four (73 percent) said they have a favorable opinion of Laura Bush, the CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll said. Thirteen percent described their opinion of her as unfavorable.
From CNN

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