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.
Cereal and snacks giant signs up independent auditor to oversee its palm oil supply chain efforts, and promises to work more closely with smallholders to boost efficiency
Online ethical grocer Fresh-range announces it is to expand its operations to cover England, Wales, and most of Scotland
'Could go higher still': Ipsos MORI reveals public concern over climate change at highest level in three decades
Long running issues tracker reveals proportion of people worried about pollution, the environment, and climate change has reached highest level recorded since July 1990
As the government's flagship post-Brexit green legislation makes its way through Parliament, there are a number of ways it must strengthened, argues Ruth Chambers of Green Alliance