Monday, June 16, 2008

Recycling made awfully difficult

The UK is pretty big on recyling. Unilike Singapore, there's no 'Karang Guni' men around and there's absolutely no monetary benefit in doing so. Thus the widespread practice of recycling is embraced by people from all walks of life, ranging from the housemaker who concientiously seperate his/her family's trash into the different bins to the merry maker who dutifully drop his empty bottle into the bin while walking home in his drunken stupor, arises purely out of the concern for the environment.

To a certain extent, the habit to recycle is so ingrained that people still do so even after the process is made really tedious due to lack of coordination by the councils in charge.

It was reported that the most confusing street for recycling in the entire UK, Southgate Road in London, has nine different bin collections every week!

That is due to the fact that the street marks the boundary between Islington and Hackney, and these two boroughs have got different collection days for different categories of trash.

Well, give your Karang Guni man a hug the next time you see him.

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11 comments:

kyh said...

first time heard of the karang guni men! :D well, malaysians hv a LOTTTTTT to learn from the europeans and their neighbours down south. the government is so foolish by providing 1st-class facilities to a 3rd-class mentality people who dont even know how to appreciate 'em and protect the environment! *triple sighs*

C K said...

@kyh,
Eh? I thought there's karang guni men in Malaysia as well? No? Hmm...
Probably there's too much high density housing in S'pore such that it's more economical for them to make their rounds.

My Bug Life said...

I love the colourful recycling bins!

SheR. said...

Oh my.. you got the picture of the cleanest recycling bins in London. Amazing! Try going further south to capture more pictures of the "real" London. ;)

lina said...

aaaaahhh I remember the karung guni man. No more these days, even the old newspaper man also is seldom seen in my town.Cannot sell my kicap bottles like I used to when I was little. Hehehe
But now, the cleaners at my apartment and the Alam Flora men (that's the garbage man) scoured the garbage heap looking for recyclable things, so in a way they help in the recycling efforts but I just wish they stop making a mess because of a few bucks...

Wenbin said...

Interesting use of the 'Karang Guni' man. I think its the 1st time i've seen it being used online.

C K said...

@my bug life,
Well, you can't complain that you cannot read then. :)

C K said...

@sher,
Hmm... there're some recycling bins that aren't so presentable. So which London is the 'actual' London? North, South, East or West? Surely not the City? Each part has its distinct favor.

C K said...

@lina,
Alam flora? Is that a Malay term? Does that literally mean 'garbage man'? I can imagine the mess if garbage has been rummaged through. But I thought its his job to keep it clean, no?

C K said...

@wenbin,
Really? Hey, then I'm a pioneer of some sort! :p

SheR. said...

For me CK, South London is the "not-so-glam" part of London. All that one associates with urbanisation is there to be seen. Fights, gangs, whatever you ask for it's there. Plenty of immigrants living there just like the East. Not forgetting North London.. Hackney.. near to Tottenham. Try loitering the streets past midnight. You have to be pretty brave!!