The figures which have been released recently appear to show a significant change in people’s attitudes to recycling when you consider that ten years ago only 14% of waste was recycled. It is in many ways easier to recycle now than it was ten years ago with most local councils offering doorstep recycling schemes. Our local council in Sevenoaks for example provides clear sacks for the collection of some items such as plastic bottles, paper and cardboard. Where they tend to fall short is the fact that they never seem to provide enough sacks and do not make it easy for people to purchase more. They also do not provide a collection facility for glass bottles relying on people to take these to the bottle bank themselves. There is no doubt, however, that the schemes do encourage people to think about what goes into the bin for landfill and we certainly recycle as much as we can, composting any organic matter for use in the garden and using the local recycling facilities where possible.