East Renfrewshire have now decided that we need to put food waste into a separate bin.
This means that we need to fit six bins into our kitchen:
- Compostable waste (fruit, veg and egg shells)
- Other food waste
- Metal and glass
- Paper and cardboard
- Hard plastic
- Everything else
(I’m excluding from this list batteries, medicines, electrical equipment and other items that shouldn’t be thrown into the normal bins at all, but which still need to be collected somewhere in the house until we find the time to go to Ikea or the recycling centre.)
However, it’s starting to be a problem to find enough space for all the bins, even though we have a relatively big kitchen.
Of course we could pop outside whenever we’ve eaten an orange or finished a pint of milk, but that’s not very practical in the long run.
How do other people fit in their bins?
There’s a new revelation about the war between Blair and Brown in the Jonathan Powell’s new Book, “The New Machiavelli“, as mentioned in the Guardian’s Wintour and Watt blog (hat-tip: Liberal Democrat Voice):
Given the Treasury’s refusal to share information with us, we had real trouble working out what the financial implications for Britain of the Luxembourg proposal would be. In desperation, we kidnapped the Treasury’s expert at the UK mission in Brussels and took him with us to Luxembourg so that he could explain to us what the offer really meant.
He was enormously relieved when we finally let him go. He didn’t mind that he was being dumped in Paris, the next stop on our trip, without a passport or any money. He just wanted our assurance that we wouldn’t tell the Treasury that he had been travelling with us: that would blight his career for ever.
Why didn’t Blair just sack Brown?
I know he was afraid of Brown creating a backbench rebellion, but surely nothing could have been worse than this?