ocailleagh wrote: 4 (This one is pretty bad) I don't recycle! In my defence, the first time I put my recycle bin out it got stolen (I live en route to a high school) and I've been waiting since then (maybe about 3 years) for a new one from the council. That said, I do try to buy things with little to no packaging. Since I don't drive it would be tricky for me to carry a bunch of stuff to the closest public recycling bins so what waste I do produce goes into the wheelie bin I'm afraid.
On balance though, I think I'm doing well. As I say, I don't drive (I walk, bus or use the train and only occasionally get a lift, and even more rarely a taxi) and I don't use any household chemicals or synthetic based toiletries. (My only failing here is toothpaste. I've yet to find one which is eco-friendly and effective enough) I'm a strict vegetarian and only use organic/free-range dairy and eggs and since discovering this board, I've successfully made the switch to Fairtrade on chocolate and sugar.
I also try to buy local whenever I can.
I think as long as we do what we can, to the best of our ability, then we shouldn't feel too guilty about the naughty things we do! There's always someone naughtier, and there's always someone greener!
Ring your Council's recycling department immediately for a replacement bin! And if you have a bike or can walk then you can recycle. I've recycled glass & tin (as a minimum) for over 15 years now (since I first left home) and I don't drive at all! Our local recycling collection doesn't take glass nor tetrapacks nor carrier bags but we still recycle them! I have friends who live in areas with NO recycling provision but they give recycling to friends who visit who DO have recycling facilities. Sorry but I think if there is recycling in your area then you should make use of it!