Location: Back in the land of the singing aardvarks looking for the escape hatch.....
Yes, but once you recycle beer, the water company charges to take it away, clean it up, then sells it back to you as 'water' and unfortunately, it's non-alcoholic water!
As for the rest, it's not a case of doing the right thing, our council only empty the bins once a fortnight, so we have to recycle tins, glass, paper, garden waste (despite encouraging us all to keep composting bins in our back gardens) and food waste, which they take away. Cardboard, plastics and wood have to be taken to the tip (the resulting carbons thrown into the air by your car probably negates any benefit gained from the recycling). But there you go.
Recycle? I shove the lot in one placky bag. Lawn cuttings, domestic waste, newspapers etc, and I still donīt fill it up. No bottles, donīt buy them. Odd tin or two. Able to carry it in one hand. Meanwhile, "green" neighbours fill about two wheelie bins and 6 large bags plus their "recycle" boxes.
Go figure. Leave most of my waste at the pub......
I try my best with the old green lark, but I don't compost stuff, I chuck it into the long grass of the field next door. I imagine it will either be eaten there, or rot fairly harmlessly. I get very irritated by packaging though. Its all plastic when paper or card would do the job just as well. I can understand the use for plastic where liquids are concerned, but you can recycle those ones. Most of the plastic trays and rubbish that surrounds some products can't be put in the special bin. I also make a point of buying veg that isn't shrink-wrapped. What's the point? It's just made to create waste. If they're worried about flies leaving bacteria on said vegetables the i've got news - people rarely eat raw broccoli.
Veggies grow in the dirty ground don't they?? so why clingfilm em, who's keeping who clean??!
By far the biggest threat tou your health with fruit & veg from supermarkets is all the rubbish they're coated with in order to meet supermarket specifications. I'll give you an example: a nice crunchy apple, grown in January. Harvested in May, washed & coated in wax to stop it respiring, then stuck in a dark warehouse at 3-4 degrees c for six months, then sent 800 miles by lorry to Tesburysons where it's picked & sent out again on a lorry to a store....where you buy it & marvel at the freshness. Personally, I go to a farmers market where often as not, it'a all a bit cheaper & none of it is addicted to drugs. OTOH if I do have to buy anything from a supermarket, I wash it proper before cooking.