A displacement activity is something trivial you do in order to put off doing something more important. One of my lecturers at night school once said she never found the time to wash her hair unless she was rushing towards a deadline for an assignment. At the moment, my hedge seriously needs trimming but I am waiting for my grown-up kids to appear to help me celebrate Fathers' Day. So here I am posting loads of new topics on RR. Now, I'm all for recycling. Recycling is good. I recycle thoughts, left-over food, kitchen and garden waste for composting, bottles, cardboard, paper, soft plastic, blood, false teeth, spectacles, etc., with the best of them. My daughter even asked me if I was recycling my own hair because I left so much of it on my pillow for the hair-fairy. As far as recycling goes, I think it's fair to say that the NG household does its bit to save the planet from deforestation, global warming and the end of life as we know it. Besides, how could we buy our fleeces if we didn't contribute so many empty plastic bottles for their construction? What really gets me is that I, as a conscientious eco-friendly householder, can get fined for not recycling the odd Veuve Clicquot bottle or Heinz baked bean tin whereas the proprietor of a factory, shop, pub or night club is under no compunction to recycle any of his/her waste. I've checked with the local council and it's true. Businesses don't pay household council tax so they are ineligible for council refuse and recycling collections. Instead, they pay contractors to collect their stuff and take it to a landfill site (in the best of cases) or to some local beauty spot for a spot of fly-tipping (in the worst of cases). Just think of all those millions of bottles and tons of paper and cardboard not being recycled in comparison with the paltry contents of our household wheelie bins and boxes. How can that be right? And another thing. We don't actually recycle glass jars and bottles except those used by the milkman for doorstep milk and fruit juice deliveries. We only recycle the glass from which they are made. It's all very well enjoying the satisfying smash as we poke our bottles through those holes in the skips at the bottle bank but how much extra energy is consumed in joining up all those fragments of glass to turn them back into bottles again? I still remember collecting old Corona and Tizer bottles and getting paid thruppence for each one returned to the shop. Why isn't there an international agreement for a range of standard bottles that can be re-used, e.g. one for a litre of red wine, one for a litre of white wine, one for minerals, one for sauces (tomato, HP, Daddies, etc), one for cordials, etc.? And finally... when I was young we used to recycle tin foil milk bottle caps. We even made money for charity through Blue Peter appeals at school. Nowadays, tin foil is among the few things my council won't accept for recycling. Why? I'm not even allowed to recycle foil-coated cardboard so why do manufacturers continue to use it for packaging. I've just thrown a Colgate toothpaste box into my rubbish bin because it can't be recycled. Come to think of it, why does a tube of toothpaste need a box anyway? Stop it. Stop it now! Any other ideas out there?