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This Op is Garbage!
Member Name: harmonyk
Date: 18/09/01, updated on 18/09/01 (421 review reads)
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BINLINERS – What a load of rubbish!
A Dream For a Cleaner Future
Bin liners are 20th & 21st century man’s answer to unsightly rubbish being strewn all over the landfill sites of the world. The idea may have been to provide black mountain landscapes for our children’s children to gaze upon in years to come. Sports such as mountaineering and abseiling could be performed on their slippery slopes. As we now know, the inferior varieties of bags have made this idyllic picture of our future an impossible dream. Horror of horror, bags split, cats, dogs, foxes and the odd tramp break into (or sometimes out of) the bags with ease in the hope of finding tasty morsels. So man’s vision of a rubbish free utopia is destroyed.
Bin liners come in a variety of colours including green for garden waste, clear for recyclable products, yellow, used in the medical profession for clinical waste (YUK!) and of course, black, the good all rounder that’s gets anything and everything. There are of course others…white, blue, grey (I’ve never seen red though) but I am not aware of the rules regarding their use.
There are also many different strengths and sizes. From the large ‘Wheelie Bin’ to the most modest of garbage receptacle there’s a bag to fit them all. It has to be said though; it is not always easy to find the right one. I have had many an argument with a bin bag that simply is not wide enough around the top to go over the sides of my not very wide dustbin. I will be struggling, kitchen waste under my arm, to put a new bag in old dusty only to have the darn thing split where it’s not wide enough, I usually end up swearing and cursing – refusing (pardon the pun) to waste (and again) the bag and making futile attempts to stick it back together with Sellotape (yes I know – pathetic!)
This brings me to strength of bags. The recycle bag
s I receive every 6 months from the New Forest District Council seem to be stronger than the black ones, which are quite thin and flimsy but do have a detachable orange strip which is for tying the bag when full. Once I have run out of the free black ones I have to purchase rolls for myself. I have discovered a source of very good quality bags from my local Lidls supermarket. The store only seems to stock the one brand of bags. They are usually around 99p for 10 bags and they are big, strong and very, very long (someone could use that for an ad.) I have found them to be the best value for money bags around. The clear recycle bags, as I have said are pretty strong, they are clearly labelled with what should or should not, be put in them for example:
Newspapers, magazines, catalogues, directories
Mixed metal tins and cans
Plastic bottles (washed out)
Strangely enough, they do not want glass. You might think this odd but it is because they (the council) want to encourage people to take their glass to the bottle banks instead and also to reduce the risk of dangerous broken chards of glass coming into contact with the refuse engineers. In actual fact I am sure that, in the majority of cases, the glass bottles and jars are simply disposed of in the black bags. Maybe I’m wrong – I’m sure Dooyoo-ers will advise.
There are many things to do with bin liners besides chucking last night’s leftover curry in ‘em (YUK!)
Of course there is the 70’s fashion statement, no self-respecting punk would have been without her roll of little black bags. So convenient too, if you spill something down your front – no problem – just remove the offending garment and replace it with another (on the other hand the punks may have preferred to decorate the bag with garbage – I don’t know, it wasn’t my scene).
The bags can also be used for
impromptu seating. When out for a picnic and you realise you have forgotten the blanket to cover the damp grass – what better than a bin liner?
Car-boot sellers display their wares on them, gardeners cover the soil and tender plants with ‘em, Blue Peter must surely have ‘made one earlier’ using the bags.
ODE TO A BIN LINER
We cannot do without them
For putting rubbish in
We buy all shapes and sizes
Then put them in the bin
They come in grey and green and black
And some you see right through
There’s large and small and thick and thin
Each with a job to do
So if you have to clear some trash
There’s nothing can be finer
Than putting it all in a bin
Protected by a liner.
Well there surely cannot be much more to be said about such rubbish. The humble bin-liner with all its uses is here in our lives for many years to come (too many years in the case of the non-biodegradable ones.) Somewhere in the far off future archaeologists (if mankind still exists) will dig up untold treasure in our landfill sites and they will marvel at the intelligence (?) that brought us the miracle of the bin liner.
If you think this load of garbage has been worth reading please be gracious enough to spend a little time rating it and if there is any relevant point I have missed or you have a comment to make I would love to see them.