Since we have lived in this building, the attention to recycling has increased markedly. We originally had four bins for bottles, cans etc, the blue paper one pictured and the green one for general rubbish. In behind the doors is another large green general bin that collects the rubbish that comes down the rubbish chute.
The area is cleaned regularly to prevent smells and there are auto scent dispensers.
The area where the rubbish chute empties was upgraded about a year ago as the fire protection mechanism was never properly set up. If there is a fire in a bin it will melt some wax and a strong metal flap will drop to prevent fire going up the rubbish chute.
A fan on the roof sucks any foul air up the rubbish chute to the exterior, but unfortunately also sucks up empty plastic bags that may be thrown in the chute. They foul the fan and it stops until it is cleared.
The general waste bin from the chute is emptied daily. Of course we pay in our rates for a rubbish collection but we have to have a private collection as the council won't collect this type of bin. The alternative is to put out 65 normal bins twice a week. Totally impractical.
I suppose the area is not hosed out as it used to be. Because it is below ground level, there is a sump pump beneath the floor. Spare bins are stored in another room outside this one.
We are pretty good with recycling, the only thing we really do wrong is throw a pizza box down the chute when it is getting late. I can't be bothered taking it down late at night but I don't want it hanging around either as they smell and bits fall out of them.
I think there are eleven bins now for bottles, cans, aluminium etc. At least eight go out per week.
These charity bins are relatively new and they certainly get filled and are emptied on demand, maybe once a fortnight but it is irregular as people have a big throw out and can often fill them in one hit.
These are the latest additions. From left to right, mobile phones, printer cartridges, cards for Planet Ark, and batteries. The cardboard box on the far right is for corks.