Ottery man encourages recycling

2017-05-02 06:01

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After observing goings-on in his suburb, Ottery resident Keith Blake wants to encourage his neighbours to empower people who make a living from recycling.

He had noticed how people made money by going around on refuse collection days collecting items from bins for recycling.

“There’s a nickname for what they do,” he says. “They call it ‘scuddle’ and early one morning I could see in the darkness how the poorest of the poor with their trolleys go from bin to bin. These recycling business entrepreneurs without safety gloves, without safety masks, without torches or safety clothes were [digging] carefully into those smelly bins and retrieving recyclable goods you and I throw away.

“These are people like you and me, just wanting to provide for their families and they’re prepared to ‘mine’ our bins to put something on the ­table.”

Blake says he then did some research on recycling and was astounded to find out what a large part recyclables play in the economy.

“There are so many uses for our waste and we don’t realise how much money we are throwing away. But these people are making it their ­business.”

When Blake spoke to his wife Tina about it she immediately suggested that as a family they could do something about it.

“We realised that we could play our small part in their ‘scuddle’ by sorting our waste to put the recyclable material separately,” he says.

“I encourage more people to take note of recycling and how it can empower these families in need.”

After observing goings-on in his suburb, Ottery resident Keith Blake wants to encourage his neighbours to empower people who make a living from recycling.

He had noticed how people made money by going around on refuse collection days collecting items from bins for recycling.

“There’s a nickname for what they do,” he says. “They call it ‘scuddle’ and early one morning I could see in the darkness how the poorest of the poor with their trolleys go from bin to bin. These recycling business entrepreneurs without safety gloves, without safety masks, without torches or safety clothes were [digging] carefully into those smelly bins and retrieving recyclable goods you and I throw away.

“These are people like you and me, just wanting to provide for their families and they’re prepared to ‘mine’ our bins to put something on the ­table.”

Blake says he then did some research on recycling and was astounded to find out what a large part recyclables play in the economy. “There are so many uses for our waste and we don’t realise how much money we are throwing away. But these people are making it their ­business.”

When Blake spoke to his wife Tina about it she immediately suggested that as a family they could do something about it.

“We realised that we could play our small part in their ‘scuddle’ by sorting our waste to put the recyclable material separately,” he says. “I encourage more people to take note of recycling and how it can empower these families in need.”

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