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Who knew ?

Apparently they are made out of plastic , so we shouldn't really be putting them into the green bin or composting them 

 

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Some do, some don't. Some companies are trialling plastic-free versions.

some Councils waste processes can cope with a small amount of plastic from such as tea bags in their green or food waste collections. Other Councils can't handle it

Its time there were some standards across the Councils as to what can and can't be recycled so that the public is clear. At the moment we have a bu33ers muddle

However, govt is only bothered about box ticking rather than what is truly needed on environmental issues

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9 minutes ago, shaun mc said:

Some do, some don't. Some companies are trialling plastic-free versions.

some Councils waste processes can cope with a small amount of plastic from such as tea bags in their green or food waste collections. Other Councils can't handle it

Its time there were some standards across the Councils as to what can and can't be recycled so that the public is clear. At the moment we have a bu33ers muddle

However, govt is only bothered about box ticking rather than what is truly needed on environmental issues

All this.

It should be a national policy instead it's dumped on cash strapped councils who go to the lowest bidder who delivers a 'service' that may or may not be any use at all.


Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. (Terry Pratchett)

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I didn’t know about plastic in tea bags until I saw the series called ‘Inside the Factory’ hosted by Gregg Wallace.

One shot showed the worker explaining that plastic was melted and used to bind the tea bags together.

Anyway I don’t drink tea so I can have a clear conscience.

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I don't drink much tea, but switched to loose-leaf a few years ago, partly because of this issue with teabags.


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Which teabag?

By 2018, leading brands including Co-Op and PG Tips had all responded to public pressure and switched to 100 per cent compostable bags. Lidl says its teabags currently use polypropylene, but it makes up just 1-2 per cent of the seal..The supermarket is currently exploring the option of using fully biodegradable polymers. Tetley thermoplastic for the seal. Yorkshire Tea is aiming to switch over to plant-based material by the end of 2019.


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3 hours ago, shaun mc said:

Some do, some don't. Some companies are trialling plastic-free versions.

some Councils waste processes can cope with a small amount of plastic from such as tea bags in their green or food waste collections. Other Councils can't handle it

Its time there were some standards across the Councils as to what can and can't be recycled so that the public is clear. At the moment we have a bu33ers muddle

However, govt is only bothered about box ticking rather than what is truly needed on environmental issues

Since its a matter of policy, its political.


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I started using tea granules at university , as a lazy student , and although everyone I know considers them pretty much the devils beverage I’ve drank them ever since 

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Surely all decent right thinking people use loose leaf tea? Tea bags and other convenience foods are the devil's work. 

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7 minutes ago, Shadow said:

Surely all decent right thinking people use loose leaf tea? Tea bags and other convenience foods are the devil's work. 

Well I’m a practicing satanist so it’s all good ...😊

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10 hours ago, GUBRATS said:

Who knew ?

Apparently they are made out of plastic , so we shouldn't really be putting them into the green bin or composting them 

 

Not completely made out of plastic. Plastic used in sealing the bag. 


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12 hours ago, gingerjon said:

All this.

It should be a national policy instead it's dumped on cash strapped councils who go to the lowest bidder who delivers a 'service' that may or may not be any use at all.

Spot on , it's essentially keep ' schtum ' about anything until somebody highlights it , bottom line is the government ( all of them ) should be going through everything produced ( manufactured ) and sorting everything out 

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On 13/11/2019 at 12:01, Shadow said:

Surely all decent right thinking people use loose leaf tea? Tea bags and other convenience foods are the devil's work. 

You buy it loose leaf? 

I grow my own tea plants and harvest/dry the leaf tips personally

Anyone who doesn't do this is the devil incarnate 

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On 13/11/2019 at 10:46, DavidM said:

I started using tea granules at university , as a lazy student , and although everyone I know considers them pretty much the devils beverage I’ve drank them ever since 

For shame. I genuinely think slightly less of you for this David

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8 hours ago, Bedfordshire Bronco said:

You buy it loose leaf? 

I grow my own tea plants and harvest/dry the leaf tips personally

Anyone who doesn't do this is the devil incarnate 

You are right of course. I am ashamed.

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11 hours ago, Bedfordshire Bronco said:

For shame. I genuinely think slightly less of you for this David

Considering the regard I’m held in by the people who do me ... I’ll take that 

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On 13/11/2019 at 19:30, GUBRATS said:

Spot on , it's essentially keep ' schtum ' about anything until somebody highlights it , bottom line is the government ( all of them ) should be going through everything produced ( manufactured ) and sorting everything out 

All council recycling should be the same bins same system. Then the government should insist that all packaging sold is recyclable within this system. Anytime where Packaging that can’t be recycled must be used the the manufacturer should be charged whatever the end cost will be to deal with this. 

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2 hours ago, bobbruce said:

All council recycling should be the same bins same system. Then the government should insist that all packaging sold is recyclable within this system. Anytime where Packaging that can’t be recycled must be used the the manufacturer should be charged whatever the end cost will be to deal with this. 

All very sensible and better for recycling rates etc

However, this does not fit with Council policies as they are more or less free to work their recycling in whatever manner they wish within their budgets. AFAIK they are free to set their own targets. Some charge for disposal of green waste as another example, that I find ludicrous. There are many, many other differences that could be quoted, some sensible, some not

if a blue Govt is in charge come 2020, then it will be more of the same. They say they dislike regulation and red tape, when in fact, common regulations, ways of working, and regulation of the companies that produce packaging waste (as an example) is the only way to tackle this problem. More has to be done at the source of the waste, not the end point that the Councils have to deal with. If the blue Govt say that businesses don't like extra costs of alternative packaging, or regulation or being charged back for the packaging they produce, then it won't happen......unless they think they can achieve some positive PR out of it and increase profits

Free market economics and reducing our impact on the planet will never, ever be common bedfellows. But thats probably for the main climate change thread

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2 hours ago, bobbruce said:

All council recycling should be the same bins same system. Then the government should insist that all packaging sold is recyclable within this system. Anytime where Packaging that can’t be recycled must be used the the manufacturer should be charged whatever the end cost will be to deal with this. 

This should be a world wide policy 

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