This is all getting increasingly bizzare. This thrashing about trying to find a way to correlate the amount paid for rubbish collection with the amount of rubbish collected.
Millions of families face fines of £50 for failing to recycle their rubbish under a new pay-as-you-throw bin charge scheme, a minister has disclosed. Under the plans, households could be forced to buy specially coloured, tagged or even bar-coded bin liners just to get local councils to take away their rubbish. There are also proposals to force households to buy lockable bins to stop people illegally dumping their litter in a neighbour\’s bin.
The aim of it all is to reduce the amount of rubbish that is landfilled rather than recycled.
But what no one seems to be looking at is whether that original goal is actually valid or not? We know where it comes from, EU regulation. We must reduce the amount landfilled or pay extremely large fines. But why?
There is no shortage of landfill space, there is only a shortage of what the EU will allow us to licence as landfill space. Now that we collect the methane from landfills, there\’s no particularly strong argument that landfill is more polluting than reccyling, indeed for some items we know that recycling is more polluting.
We also know that recycling is vastly more expensive than landfill: both in the processes themselves but also in the time that has to be spent sorting rubbish to be recycled.
So why on earth are we in fact doing all of this? A more complex. less efficient, more expensive system.
Who was the bright bugger who decided to impose this on us?