This morning while walking to the train station I walked past a whole row of "wheely-bins" full of Xmas rubbish and recyclable material. I am ashamed at the masses of waste generated by this country. Many people can't even be bothered to separate their waste so that at least some can be recycled to something more useful than CO2, H2O and incinerator ash.
It's really something to be ashamed of, that the G7 countries probably throw away more perfectly usable materials than most of the developing world manufactures.
We do our best to avoid unnecessary packaging (reduce), and we compost, reuse, recycle as much as possible, but it's clear that most of the country doesn't! It's a constant battle with the morons on the tills at the supermarket who want to double bag everything, or think that a banana needs to go in a small bag before it goes into a bigger one!
I gather in France, they once considered forcing people to pay for their waste removal by the kilo, suffice to say it created an uproar, and the politicians backed down. But given that where I live every tonne of waste is incinerated and the cost comes back to me in the form of local (flat rate) taxes, I think it's time to make the polluters pay a bit more for their mess.