As you can see from our byline photo, the Sceptic Tank is very literally into recycling - and we know our polyethylene from our polyethylene terephthalate, thanks very much.
So a couple of stories this week caught our eye like the glint of early morning sunlight off a discarded curry packet.
The rubbish piling in the streets, uncollected due to snow, has reached such epic proportions that local government minister Bob Neill has written to all English council leaders today telling them that "the public deserves better" - we embrace much the same sentiment every week during Prime Minister's Questions, but that's another story.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, tardy bin men managed to deliver a service where psychiatry had sadly failed.
The New York press was filled with the bittersweet New Year's tale of a 26-year-old man who on Monday leapt from his New York apartment only to have his fall broken by a sizeable pile of rubbish. Just some of the 77,000 tons left uncollected since a storm dumped a foot and a half of snow on the city.
The man was in a stable condition yesterday, and the Sceptic Tank can only hope that the utter failure of both recycling campaigns and municipal rubbish collection has given him the chance of getting his life back on track.
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