In a recent newsletter, Mary asked “What can I do about the collection bags that people slip through my letter box?
I have put up signs to ask them NOT to leave them, but to no avail.
I have saved a stack of them – some I give back to the bigger charities, but other ones are not associated with the charity shops on the high street.”
As ever, our wonderful community of people came to the rescue. And there was a surprising similar theme among the answers!
Liz wrote “I literally put them in the bin.
Our local council provides us with bin bags but they are not very thick. I put this into my swing bin and then put the charity bag inside that. Any unrecyclable kitchen rubbish then goes in the charity bag.
When it comes to bin day I tie up the charity bag and then the rest of the house rubbish then goes on top of that and then the council bag is closed.
This way nothing seeps from the charity bag into the swing bin and the local cats are not going to tear into the bag to get any leftover waste out.”
Viviane is fed up with receiving charity collection bags too. She said “I use them to hold all the non-recyclable household waste (which isn’t much – usually half a small council bin per fortnight) and so keep the bin clean and fairly odourless. But the bags come in faster than I can use them! I know neighbours who put the charity bags out in hopes of them being collected for future use, but it never happens. Is there no way we can indicate that we do not want them?”
Jenny admits “I use charity collection bags as bin liners. They are stronger than they look and I haven’t bought a roll of bin liners for years.”
Suella says “I take almost all delivered bags to my nearest Charity shop in the village, but do save some. As they are free I have no compunction to not reuse them for whatever I need a big bag for.”
Helen suggests our actions might bring about change. She writes “I use them as bin liners. Doesn’t use them up quick enough but saves me some money. I think I will try taking the ones I can back to their owners, as Mary does. Maybe if more people did that with a little letter of ‘complaint’ the charities would change their ways?!”
Over on Twitter, Richard shared
@myzerowaste Dispose of unwanted charity collection bags by recycling them in supermarket carrier bag recycling bins.
— Richard Newman (@patresi) October 28, 2014
Linda has recently been ironing for her daughter who is not well. She writes “The Charity bags make excellent plastic covering for ironed and folded laundry!”