They dreamt up a scheme in Amsterdam a few years ago – whereby white bicycles were provided free.
And the idea was that – after you’d finished your ride – you’d leave the bike in the street for someone else to use free.
And if that isn’t recycling – what is?!
But unfortunately this idea flopped – because they failed to take into account two things.
One – the fact that criminals exist.
And two – the fact that coloured paint exists.
But the idea was fantastically optimistic – and deserved to succeed.
A better version of this might be to ask people to recycle their books. Give them to a local charity shop, your local library – or just simply leave it on one of our Leabank Square benches.