Wednesday, May 24, 2017

BRIGG BLOG PANNED!

Recycling was vital during the Second World War, with metal pans collected in large numbers along with metal railings and other scrap.
So when one of our metal household pans developed a leak, we put it to one side and later placed it in the green recycling box - on top of the cans.
However, the collection team declined to take the metal pan and left it next to the emptied box.
This rather surprised us. Wrong sort of metal?

6 comments:

Ken Harrison said...

I have experienced the same prob, Nige.
Cans only!.....we are meant to take other small domestic, metal items to one of the scattered recycling sites.
To me, it seems that the Council is being over-selective and not exploiting an obvious recycling opportunity.

Ken Harrison said...

Talking about the 'wrong sort of metal', Nige....
During the war there were numerous schemes to collect and recycle metals as part of the war effort.
One of these was the notion that old aluminium cooking pots would 'Build a Spitfire' and communities would purposely stock-pile such pots and pans for smelting down.
Unfortunately, the type of aluminium was not of the aviation standard for the construction of aeroplanes....and old pots and pans were really recycled to make more pots and pans.
The government were aware of this, but allowed communities and individuals to believe they were actively involved in the war effort as not to demoralise folk and reduce their community spirit.

Ken Harrison said...

.....and then there's glass...
We can have the wrong sort of glass for recycling at the community bottle bins.
For example, even a small portion of Pyrex-type glass in bottle glass's melting process can affect the viscosity of molten glass....

Peter Altoft said...

same here I think it needs to be magnetic

Ken Harrison said...

Hi Pete....while most drink cans are aluminium, veg tins etc tend to be tin-plated steel.....subsequently, they separate steel tins from aluminium can at the sorting site with an electro magnet..but that doesn't explain why they refuse to take old pots and pans, the brass candlestick and the old car jack!

Ken Harrison said...

Hi Pete....while most drink cans are aluminium, veg tins etc tend to be tin-plated steel.....subsequently, they separate steel tins from aluminium can at the sorting site with an electro magnet..but that doesn't explain why they refuse to take old pots and pans, the brass candlestick and the old car jack!