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Mar 24Liked by Johnathan Reid

Congrats on the long-listing!

“Village allotment” - this might need some explaining for those of us outside the UK. Here in the US, we often have community gardens of varying ownership, often church land or sometimes a public school.

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Mar 24·edited Mar 24Author

Thanks, Larry. Yes, this post was a bit parochial. The history of British 'allotments' goes back hundreds of years, but I think your 'community garden' is a close comparison. See https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/objects-and-stories/history-allotments (I've also added this link into my newsletter.)

I'm sure my followers in Switzerland, Austria and Germany already know the secrets to achieving a cleaner environment. It's down to the people, not the service or the process.

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Mar 24Liked by Johnathan Reid

I remember going to Germany and marvelling at the wonderfully clean streets and public places. So sad to see the amount of litter here. One thing that doesn't make it better, is the litter blown out of wheelie bins because the council have not collected them in two weeks. (This is our reality in Southampton atm). This means a month can go by without it being emptied. Meanwhile, the rubbish builds up.

I also think the loss of free waste collection for larger items has an exponential effect on fly tipping.

Well done for your public service - and your long-listing!

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Thank you, Sue. Urban environments definitely have their own, different set of problems. For example, multiple occupancy dwellings can reduce recycling rates. I didn't dig into the vexed issue of fly-tipping - a classic example of a tax having unintended consequences - but it certainly plagues my part of the world.

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Mar 24Liked by Johnathan Reid

I think I've seen the same George Carlin show as you. Congrats on the long list! You deserve this and more.

PS, it's a miracle you still find time to go for a drink occasionally!!!

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Thank you! Please know that the quality of the company counts far more than the quantity of the beer. 😉

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