RE: Bottle Banks and What?
Bottle Banks: Unless I want to take my empty bottles to work, for example, I would have to only shop on weekends and walk over a mile to the shop with my bottles and the same distance back with my shopping. OK, I'm a little lazy for not wanting to do that -- but if I lived in most cities in continental Europe that would not be the case, as I pointed out.
"Do you even live in the UK? Most authorities now have recycling initiatives in place." They do but they don't accept glass and, last I heard, in my area they don't actually recycle things anyhow. Assuming they do recycle it, it seems an odd way to go about it to employ people to go through tons of rubbish and separate out PET, Steel, Aluminium, Paper and anything else that might be in there by hand -- surely having separate bins, or more "bottle bank" style areas would be easier?
The recycling effort in the UK seems half-arsed and there is no incentive to take part -- so cynics like me find it easier just to throw everything into landfill.