Recycling specialist Adam Herriott on what happens when household waste goes in the wrong bin – and what to do with compostable coffee-cup lids
Of all the memories I have of the pandemic last year, the image of bins sticks in my mind. Black bins piled high, green recycling bins stuffed with packaging from online deliveries and takeaways. Occasionally, I’d see a pizza box resting on top, as if whoever had left it was unsure where it could or should fit in. According to research, the amount of waste produced by each household in Britain rose by a fifth last year. But are we dealing with it in the right way? And where should that pizza box go?
I spoke to Adam Herriott, resource management specialist at Waste and Resources Action Programme (Wrap), a charity that focuses on recycling and the circular economy.