Tetra Pak waste piles
We've been informed that CK's supermarket in Waunfawr, Aberystwyth, has insisted on the removal of all recycling banks (thanks for contributing to the local community, Mr Supermarket!). Unless Ceredigion County Council can find alternative locations then that is one recycling site in Ceredigion lost.We tried to contact CKs but their online form did not work at all if you typed anything into their comments box. Well done CKs!
That site included Tetra Pak (and glass) recycling, so was important because Ceredigion County Council don't collect either of those in their kerb-side recycling schemes. Hopefully they will relocate the recycling facilities soon. In the meantime there is another Tetra Pak bank in Mill Street car park, opposite Matalan, until that site gets built on by Tesco (thanks for contributing to the local community, Mr Supermarket!).
It's clear that supermarkets aren't really the best thing. What a shame that Sainsbury's want to build on greenfield sites too (thanks for contributing to the local community, Mr Supermarket!).
Tetra Pak cartons are notoriously bad for the environment since they are made of mixed materials which can't be separated (and they have never shown any desire to change that even though there are now fully compostible alternatives to both plastic and foil). All that can be done with them is mashing them up to make other (non-recyclable) products, on the hope that these other products can be sold. If they can't then they all become landfill. Currently all UK Terta Paks are transported to Italy (Lucca) for this process to take place.
18th January 2012, re: Aberystwyth Tetra Pak recycling (see comments below), the County Council said: "the Tetrapak recycling bank is located at Maesyrafon car park, next to the Arriva bus garage, opposite Peacocks. This move will be permanent and we arranging to have a sign in Mill street informing residents of the relocation."