- Organic waste - there is a brown or green wheelie bin in front of every house
- Recycable plastic and synthetic material - a yellow wheelie bin
- Paper and cardboard - either another wheelie bin or community deposit containers which are rarely farther than a block away
- Glass & bottles - on most of them there is a deposit (which by the way also applies to cans, yes also Coke cans), so people will return them to the supermarket. For glass and bottles without a deposit, there are glass containers in every neighbourhood (usually next to the paper containers)
- Everything else, like electrical devices, paint, chemicals you'll have to bring to a community deposit, which is Ok as for me that rarely happens more than once a year.
When I move into my flat in London, I asked the property manager where to put my trash. She said, everything goes in the big containers on the ground floor!
And glass and bottles?
yes, no problem
What about furniture?
If it fits, feel free!
Well, I honestly hope that the system in the UK is just different and instead of me seperating trash, someone else along the line does it, but I'm not really sure thats true.
Also, even if the later was true I think involving people in the recycling process is helpful as it sharpens awareness and changes your mindset. In the end what you want is people who responsibly take care of their trash and bring this mindset to their workplaces, isn't it?