Our water supply is unmetered and I’ve recently been looking at the savings we might expect by applying for a meter. Not enormous seems to be the answer.
However, it occurred to me to consider the way we rinse out the empty cans, cartons, jars and bottles before dropping them in the recycling bin. Fine when we’re not paying for the water, but if we go on a meter do we stop washing the recycling? Or rubbish as we used to call it.
It’s not the money of course because a few litres of water doesn’t cost much, but I did wonder how much water is used to clean up all our recycling.
For example, some jars are a pain to rinse out and a fair amount of water is required for each one. I’ve just rinsed out a plastic humous pot which was oily and required more than a quick swill.
I’m not sure there is any point anyway because the water is probably worth more than the cans, cartons, jars and bottles. Well possibly not the cans, but I suspect the cartons, jars and bottles are worthless.
Of course it’s done to stop the bin smelling, but think of all that wasted water. Drinking water at that.
Should we recycle it?