Closing the Loop: ReCircle meets Jill Chapman

We asked mother, grandmother and avid recycler Jill Chapman from East Riding of Yorkshire for her thoughts on the shortcomings of the existing recycling system and ReCircle’s mission to change it.

Jill tells us “I do think everybody has a moral obligation to help and actually ensure that future generations, let alone ours, are contributing to this and making use of our very valuable and becoming scarcer resources. We should all be looking to ways reuse our resources, and this is ideal if people can just go on and do that.”


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Interview transcript:

I do recycle very conscientiously and very very diligently and everything really goes in my recycling bin – to the point that I've got three recycling bins as opposed to one, and the bin that we use for landfill, for anything else, is never full even after a month because everything goes in the recycling.

It is easy in so far as I can take it out to the blue bins. They're collected only every two weeks and even though I have three of those bins to everybody else's one, they are always full – actually bursting at the seams – by the time they come and collect them. So it's easy enough to actually put the things out there but it's not easy for storage space and for the mess, if it's windy they're blowing everywhere, so no that's not such a good thing.

For me it's worth paying, I want to get it collected, I really want to get it done, I want to pay to get it recycled because I think it's in all our interests. Everybody should be more conscientious about it.

Q: Would you have a ReCircle in your house? Would you like to have one? 

I would certainly look into it. I think it sounds wonderful and I think it's probably what in my mind I thought was being done anyway. I assumed that when we're doing all this collecting and recycling and picking up stuff and throwing it very very conscientiously into these bins, I just thought that's what happened at the other end. I had no idea that it was so complicated and so disappointing in the statistics.

You know, we all do this in good faith and we assume you must recycle you can get fined if you don't and everybody’s telling you to do it. One assumes that we're all making this effort because it's all going to go to the good cause of replacing and I had no idea that actually half goes to landfill. That's just terrible.

Q: One of the advantages of having a ReCircle machine is that you would only have to put out the recycling – you put things straight into, it compacts it, washes it and everything else and keeps everything separate – you would only have to put out the recycling once every couple of months. So what sort of difference would that make? 

Well again, much easier, because as I say I always have too much and I don't think they'll give me any more bins. I mean three I think's beyond the norm. So it would be fantastic because, like I said, I don’t like not recycling but I get to the stage almost where the bins are so full I have to put the excess into the the landfill bin which really sticks in my craw but there's sometimes no option.

I do think everything has a moral obligation to help and actually ensure that future generations, let alone ours, are contributing to this and making use of our very valuable and becoming scarcer resources.

Q: Do you worry about the amount of rubbish as far as future generations go?

Oh obviously. I mean everybody should if they’ve got any sense. Every time we open a newspaper there’s some poor animal captured in these great big plastic bags and you know opening up these poor dolphins and they're full of beads of some revolting plastic stuff. It’s terrible and I don't think any of us really thought that hard about it. But when you see those awful booms of plastic waste and stuff. The world is not making enough resources – we should all be looking at ways to reuse our resources and this is ideal if people can just go on and do that.

If it was a worthwhile gadget and I knew it was going to save time or be a useful thing or in this case actually help the environment I would definitely consider investing in it.