Bloody marvellous!

Finally, someone\’s getting the point:

Householders will earn up to £150 a year from recycling their rubbish under a scheme designed to reward those who put waste in the correct bins.

Sorting to recycle takes time. Your time is worth money. Thus those insisting you recycle should pay you for your time in sorting to recycle.

The best (in fact, only, as neither the UK nor EU governments have bothered to study the question) estimates of time required are 15 minutes per household per week for simple recycling, 45 minutes for complex with food and garden waste.

At minimum wage this 13-39 hours per year is worth £75 to £225 a year.

That £150 a year offer is in the right ball park.

One proviso though: if, when the cost of this offer is included, recycling loses money (yes, including the externalities upon the environment) then we shouldn\’t in fact be doing such recycling. For it would then be clear that whatever benefits there are to it are not outweighed by the cost of peoples\’ time to do it.

I look forward to the results of the scheme.

6 comments on “Bloody marvellous!

  1. “One proviso though: if, when the cost of this offer is included, recycling loses money (yes, including the externalities upon the environment) then we shouldn’t in fact be doing such recycling. “

    Agreed.

    But you know that isn’t what’s going to happen, don’t you?

  2. Why should we only be paid minimum wage to sort our rubbish? I earn a lot more than minimum wage for my 40 hour work week and I’d want _more_ than that again to work more hours, so I’d want a damn site more than minimum wage to do any fucking thing for the sake of our government or the EU.

    More to the point will they end up rewarding people who learn to fly tip cunningly to avoid putting wrong stuff in wrong bin?

  3. “Why should we only be paid minimum wage to sort our rubbish? I earn a lot more than minimum wage for my 40 hour work week”

    But I assume a man of your considerable skills could sort your rubbish much quicker than Tim’s 30 minute a week estimate, so you would be earning rather more than that. Making it an option would of course sort this out.

  4. Easier if you’ve got kids though. Make them earn their pocket money by sorting out the rubbish so you get the full £150 reward.

    If your kids are even a little bit enterprising, they will soon work out how much they can make by sorting out the rubbish for your neighbours too.

  5. If most councils are like mine, they won’t take broken glass for recycling, so you can save yourself some time by smashing all of your empty bottles and putting out with the general rubbish.

  6. “Sorting to recycle takes time. Your time is worth money. Thus those insisting you recycle should pay you for your time in sorting to recycle.”

    But if it is compulsory, then we all see increases in our council taxes equal to the £150 reward – so isn’t this just a make-work scheme for a few council employees?

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