It's a good job I'm pretty keen on recycling as now that I'm a resident of South Gloucestershire I have to contend with seVen (to be pronounced a la Len Goodman on Strictly Come Dancing), yes, seven, different containers for my rubbish.
There's the green box for glass and cans - to be strictly separated in carrier bags left untied so that the collectors can see what is in each one (as if any council operative wouldn't know the difference between cans and glass!!). A large green bag for paper, another large green bag for cardboard only (and as they are identical that can make sorting out which is which in the dark tres tricky.) Why you can't get rid of cardboard and paper in one bag, heaven alone knows - surely they're recycled in the same way.
A large white bag for plastic bottles only - though I do have to confess that I'm putting all plastic in - not just bottles - as I really can't see the point of stating plastic bottles only (and it does all get collected so I'll continue doing that.) A food waste bucket which I have started using (though I know a lot of people round these parts won't use these on priniciple) for fruit and veg peelings and for 'dry' waste like mouldy bread. Anything meat or fish related gets chucked out onto the garden for any local cat or fox to enjoy.
Then there's the huge green wheelie bin - strictly garden waste only, though goodness knows why you can't add fruit and veg peelings to this bin as presumably it will all end up as the same compost. Finally, the black wheelie bin into which non-recyclable waste is chucked (mine is only ever about 1/4 full - which I'm quite pleased about!)
To add even more fun to this mix, there are alternating fortnightly bin collections - one week cardboard, paper, tins and bottles, and the green garden waste bin - and the next week plastics and the black wheelie bin. The food waste bucket is collected every week (thank goodness.)
Having come from a council where there was just a pink sack for all paper, cardboard, plastic and tins, a green wheelie bin where you could bung any garden or kitchen waste, an orange box for glass and black sacks for any other rubbish - most collected weekly, I'm finding this somewhat draconian approach to recycling a little hard to get my head round. Plus, Basildon council would take any amount of black sacks you cared to put out (and when we were moving there were A LOT of black sacks for a few weeks), here if you dare to have your black bin lid open by even half an inch then that baby ain't getting emptied.
Yup, it really is just as well I'm keen on recycling with this lot to contend with and all these various bags, bins, boxes and buckets have cluttered up my lovely patio something wicked!! What are the recycling 'laws' where you live?