Rendezvous at the bottle bank


Aren't parties just great? Bags full of empty bottles. And with the cork still or cap still on it. So there you are. Removing everything on the spot, which bottle is supposed to go where? Is the white container for colourless glass?  And the coloured one for coloured glass?


All those rules, should the caps be on or off, or are they filtered out by the processor anyway? Sometimes, practical questions arise. And they always come up when you are already at the bottle bank, often with week’s worth of collected glass. Luckily, I wasn’t the only one with this problem.


We were standing there with the both of us, a muttering old man and his dog, and me. The man was clearly annoyed with the fact that there is always so much broken glass next to the bottle bank. Very bad for dog paws. “Why don’t people clean it up themselves when they drop things? And who is supposed to clean it up when people aren’t decent it enough to do it themselves? And who should I ask these kinds of questions?” Modestly, I suggested they he could probably contact the customer contact centre of the municipality. “Huh, what, miss?" "Erm, the municipality, sir...”


And then you always end up with lots of those empty and dirty plastic bags... and where are the bins to put those in? In the meantime, I know that there's a lot involved for managing a public space. And that it is easier said than done to put a bin there. Placing the bin is not the issue, investing in a bin is also something the municipality will get over. But the question is, how frequent the bin should be emptied, what kind of material and which people should be scheduled for this. And what would such a bin cost the municipality then? Is that within the budget?


I’m happy that this blonde-haired person doesn’t need to rack their brain over this.

PS: What I do know is that many amazing software solutions are within reach to support this business process.

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