The news that Bristol is at last launching a trial kerbside collection of mixed plastics (details here)is very welcome; until now, they've always claimed it's uneconomic.
The trial rounds don't include us here in Stockwood, though (map here).
The innovation here is that our only Stockwood public recycling point, behind the Co-op, will in future take not just the PET drinks bottles, but most plastic containers and jars.
What many of us regret is that the plastic film that makes up so much rubbish still isn't included.
One good sign comes from the Halifax-based wholefood co-operative SUMA, who have started to package much of their own brand produce in a new PET based 'soft' packaging, itself made from recycled PET. [SUMA's Bristol outlets include Earthbound, in Cotham; I see they're doing a home delivery service too, now - presumably the same run that includes Earthbound! But lets hope that SUMA's Fishponds-based equivalent, Essential Trading, takes up the same packaging initiative]
The new material, known as rPET, is claimed to be every bit as recyclable as PET bottles, and can be stuffed inside PET bottles when they go in the recycling bank. The problem seems to be that the technology is ok, but recyclers aren't yet ready to accept anything that even resembles the other packaging films that enter the waste stream.
Cue an email to Exec member Gary Hopkins, if he can spare a moment from pre-election pounding the streets of Knowle.