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Czechs and their very messy ways of waste separation

In Economy, Nature, Technology on January 5, 2011 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , ,

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.

2 Responses to “Czechs and their very messy ways of waste separation”

  1. czech is really great at re-cycling…i live in pisarov….our mayor…comes and fetches all our seperated waste and sells it…that way he gets all the people involved..cus we make money ..spent on cultural things……thats the way forward….

  2. I wouldn’t take my garbage back, either. It’s not the poor garbage service people – it’s the private companies that get tax payers’ money to remove the stuff. they know exactly that after such holidays as New Year etc. there’s increased affluence of garbage – so it’s their duty to increase capacity. if the garbage bins don’t spill over, nobody will see the need of increased capacity – and if people get fed up with the insufficient system they’ll stop separating and dispose of their garbage into the regular waste containers. That’d be contraproductive.

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