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An awful lot of work has been done over the years by WRAP (the Waste and Resources Action Programme) ( with manufacturers eg Heinz to lightweight cans, and also to lightweight glass bottles.  You used to be able to read up on the case studies but the website has been updated to show newer case studies. There were changes also so that the numbers of cans in a box was more economical for packing onto lorries and things like that.  Less weight = less fuel used in transport.  It was fascinating.It is very disappointing that so much recyclate is sent abroad for recycling.  This caused a noticeable problem in the pandemic when nobody could find eggs.  It wasn't that the hens had stopped laying but that all the paperpulp eggboxes were made on the Continent. There is also a defra regulation that egg boxes should not be reused because of the worry of disease spread so a constant new supply is always needed.We had enormous wheelie bins foisted on us.  Perhaps LBE could now consider issuing smaller ones just as were issued to other boroughs.  We were told that they didn't exist in Ealing when we could see that some had been issued.  The 240l were far too big and still are for many terraces of small cottages with little or no garden.  They now blight the streetscene.  At the time other Councils were reducing the sizes of the bins they had issued as their residents became used to separating their waste.  If there are no nappy users a much smaller bin should be quite adequate.It would be interesting to know how much of the recycling in the blue bins is rejected by the MRF.  We are not supposed to include bin bags or carrier bags and our recycling is supposed to be loose yet I constantly see these poking out the top of bins and it is not obvious whether it is recycling or just general rubbish.  With nothing flattened or squashed people have a volume problem.  Most card and cardboard packaging is now rather cleverly designed to be flattened to reduce its volume for recycling it.  There once used to be a lot of packaging made out of mixed materials but this is no longer the case.  Are the bags whatever is in them just rejected at the MRF?  I've heard of that happening elsewhere.  That would be interesting to know.With enterprises such as those to extend the life of our possessions by repair, reuse and repurposing you would expect the amounts to go down. There are many websites encouraging waste reduction and also explaining how to mend items and offering spare parts for sale and there are Repair Cafes all over the world now to try and reduce the amount of waste that we make and to extend the life of products and reduce the use of the planet's finite resources. 

Philippa Bond ● 191d