An eco-warrior couple who were fed up with a council's "rubbish" green waste facilities have set up their own free recycling centre - on their driveway.Hannah and Danny Iwanejko even built their green waste hub out of recycled wood and metal which residents are encouraged to use whenever they wish.They have diverted almost a ton of plastic and materials from landfill since they started the free service last month.The family accept all manner of items including crisp and cracker packets, contact lenses, Tetra Pak packaging, coffee pods and baby food pouches.Hannah then drives the waste to specialist recycling sites within a ten-mile radius of their home in Bilsthorpe, Notts.The sites then turn the materials into small plastic pellets to be used to make items such as outdoor furniture, trays, roofing and flooring.They couple, both 36, both maintenance engineers with a one-year-old daughter Robyn, came up with the idea after promoting recycling on Instagram.Hannah said: "I've always been a bit of an eco-warrior.
I was being"I was promoting being more environmentally friendly on Instagram but I never wanted to push it.
"We've got to look after the planet but it's not about doing everything perfectly.
I don't all the time.
"The moment I decided to do something myself was Robyn's first birthday in August.
"I saw what was going on in the Amazon and the war on plastic and David Attenborough's programmes.
"I didn't want to put people off but I was surprised to see friends making changes I never thought would.
"I thought: 'Hang on a second, I can do my bit.
I need a central point where people can easily recycle.'"My husband really likes building stuff and he made the recycling hub out of scrap material.
"It barely cost us anything.
It's a small village so I've only just made my first 30-minute trip to the recycling bins at the leisure centre.
"I put the rubbish in reusable plastic boxes in my VW T5."I never expected to make it this far.
It was just meant for the community.
"People are coming with their waste from outside and village and people from all over are contacting me asking how to do it themselves."Some people are going to think: 'What is this woman doing?'
But others will recycle more.""The problem is there is no consistency across the council.
One council say you can recycle this, this, this and this.
Another council says you can recycle this, this, this and this.
"However, it is all recycled by the same people.
Yet one bin allows something and another doesn't.
Why is it not across the board?
"Why are we are creating consistency and ease for people to do this all the time?"It is so frustrating that the council won't take tetra, crisp packets and bread bags.
"People want to recycle but the council is not making it easy for us.
There is so much bureaucracy and red tape in the way."One council says you can recycle this, this, this and this, the other council say you can reycle this, this, this and this."However, it all goes to the same people, it is all recycled by the same people yet on bin allows something and one bin doesn't.
Why is it not across the board?"I don't know what it will take for them to do something about it.
The councils send rubbish to the same place.
"I wish they would communicate with each other like they do in Europe."Hannah takes crisp packets to public drop-off locations paid for by Walkers and run by volunteers and bread bags to a Terracycle drop-off.Terracycle, a recycling company focusing on hard-to-recycle items, collects the packets and shreds them into plastic pellets that become park benches, plant pots and watering cans.
Funded by businesses, the schemes are free for the public to use.Hannah and Danny are now appealing for Newark and Sherwood District Council to improve the recycling facilities to prevent more complex materials being sent landfill.Council spokesperson Rhona Holloway said: "I'm sure that's something that's going to be looked at and I'm sure in the future they will be able to.
"But it's about that can be safely recycled and how those different elements incorporated into waste can be isolated and used."
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