Good news first: according to Eurostat figures, Czechs are number one on the list of European countries when it comes to waste separation, especially plastic bottles. Special bins (yellow for said bottles, blue for paper, green for glass, etc.) were hard to find some five years ago but now they are everywhere. And now for some bad news: in order to separate waste for the purpose of recycling, some people make terrible mess that is nothing but eyesore for a couple of days. And employees of the companies that empty the special bins into dedicated trucks have to clean it up.
The picture above says it all. It was taken on January 3. Three days after the celebrations of the new year thousands of households had to get rid of empty alcohol bottles. And since the green bins had already been overflowing, some messy people decided not to take their own garbage back home — they decided to make it other people’s problem by placing the bottles around the already full bins. This is not an unusual (“January 1-only”) sight. Many bins get full faster than expected and the recycling companies don’t have enough time and capacities to empty them more often.
Despite the positive statistics, lately some people have become frustrated when they learned that sometimes the separated waste is taken to dumps anyway: when companies that use plastic fibre need much less for their production. According to the Mesec.cz financial news server several Czech companies even began selling their trucks and laying off people.