Visiting Recycling sites on a bike

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Re: Taking Waste to a Recycling centre.

Postby Vorpal » 24 Oct 2016, 8:45am

Stevek76 wrote:I've noticed the Bristol one often has various 'no walking in signs', however I tend to drive there so never been able to test if it's strictly enforced or more intended to stop people parking outside to skip the queue.

Even if i had a bike trailer I'm not sure I'd be wanting to take loads on it that I couldn't have just used the usual doorside collections for.

I have taken various things in a bike trailer to the tip:
-leftover building supplies and stuff removed for renewal (e.g.old carpet)
-garden waste, such as branches and things that couldn't be collected
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Re: Visiting Recycling sites on a bike

Postby Graham » 24 Oct 2016, 9:44am

Not a Veolia story.

I managed to get about 500 Kg of building rubble and debris into the local recycling centre using a cycle trailer. It was quite a trip, I can tell you . . .
[ Yeah, I'm lying. Quite a lot of trips actually. . . .. ]

Straight to the front of the ( occasional ) queue. After all I don't need one of the precious car-parking spaces. No problem.

But then reality struck as a charge was introduced for such "building" waste @ £5 per 30 ltr sack or equivalent.

[ During the public consultation I did suggest that material on bike trailers should be exempt from charges. But alas, Lip-service to environmentally-beneficial behavioural changes continues as before. ]

In general, it is good to charge the individual users for such waste rather than spreading the burden across all tax-payers. However, I will keep an eye of the unintended consequences : incidences of fly-tipping, by scumbags, likely to rise.

Around here one needs to be bold to use a cycle-trailer for such purposes. The only other eco-mentalist I have seen at the recycling was on a cargo-bike.

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Re: Visiting Recycling sites on a bike

Postby Heltor Chasca » 24 Oct 2016, 1:38pm

Graham wrote:Not a Veolia story.

I managed to get about 500 Kg of building rubble and debris into the local recycling centre using a cycle trailer. It was quite a trip, I can tell you . . .
[ Yeah, I'm lying. Quite a lot of trips actually. . . .. ]

Straight to the front of the ( occasional ) queue. After all I don't need one of the precious car-parking spaces. No problem.

But then reality struck as a charge was introduced for such "building" waste @ £5 per 30 ltr sack or equivalent.

[ During the public consultation I did suggest that material on bike trailers should be exempt from charges. But alas, Lip-service to environmentally-beneficial behavioural changes continues as before. ]

In general, it is good to charge the individual users for such waste rather than spreading the burden across all tax-payers. However, I will keep an eye of the unintended consequences : incidences of fly-tipping, by scumbags, likely to rise.

Around here one needs to be bold to use a cycle-trailer for such purposes. The only other eco-mentalist I have seen at the recycling was on a cargo-bike.


I like your eco-mentalist label I also like your idea about concessions for waste brought by cycle. My cargo bike is far more efficient than the truck for queue jumping Most people see it as great entertainment when I roll to the front of the 1/4 mile long line with a silly load. They don't hate cyclists. And my local council haven't banned cycles or walkers yet that I know of. It does make you think about your landfill contribution I agree.

As a gardener I have to take my trade waste elsewhere. It will Gaul you, but the rubble you pay to get rid of is crushed and resold as hardcore or cleanstone. The owner of the centre I use, flies around by helicopter. So he recycles 80% of the delivered waste, but then burns a hole in our Planet with his needless flamboyance. His workers have shocking toilet and accommodation facilities.

He's well liked by people who like his money. Lovely fellow

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Re: Visiting Recycling sites on a bike

Postby Graham » 24 Oct 2016, 4:58pm

Heltor Chasca wrote: . . . the rubble you pay to get rid of is crushed and resold as hardcore or cleanstone.

'Tis good that it is recycled and even better if done without subsidy.
Also good to stop people externalising their generated waste by using "free" disposal facilities.
Now, I have to anticipate the waste and budget for it in my project plans.

Heltor Chasca wrote:The owner of the centre I use, flies around by helicopter. So he recycles 80% of the delivered waste, but then burns a hole in our Planet with his needless flamboyance. His workers have shocking toilet and accommodation facilities.

No surprise . . . situation normal.
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Re: Visiting Recycling sites on a bike

Postby landsurfer » 24 Oct 2016, 6:12pm

Never been to a recycling site in Rotherham.
I'm banned by council order.
My people carrier is over 1.8 meters high.
(Shared vehicle, me, wife, daughter and 3 grandkids, our only vehicle).
The local lanes are eyesores due to fly tipped building rubbish ........
And the council does ..... nothing ......
It's not about the bike .. It's about the journey .....
The Road Goes On Forever ........................

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Re: Visiting Recycling sites on a bike

Postby MikeF » 24 Oct 2016, 8:11pm

I use "our" recycling centre extremely infrequently. However when I cycled there with some electrical goods in panniers and stopped at the gate and asked where the items should go, the person on the gate told me I couldn't go in. When I asked why he said, there wasn't a pavement to walk on. :? However he was very polite and said leave the items at the gate and he would deal with them, so there wasn't any point in arguing. I think the site is operated by Viridor. I have take items "over the border", but haven't had problems at that site although you have to effectively walk in anyway.
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