Waste collection crews are being issued with devices featuring GPS technology that allow councils to store a history of information about individual rubbish collections, including whether householders are failing to recycle properly.

The system feeds binmen with up-to-the minute information about houses they are visiting.

It also provides local authorities with enough information to issue recycling advice or automated fines to residents who fail to obey bin rules.

Opposition MPs and campaigners say the technology will make it easy for the government to resurrect plans for the introduction of a £50 pay-as-you-throw tax on millions of families.

Recycling charges are part of the Government\’s waste strategy to encourage households to recycle at least 40 per cent of their rubbish by 2010, rising to 50 per cent by 2020.

No, these aren\’t "government plans". They are plans imposed by the European Union….although you can always say that as that is indeed our real government they are indeed "government plans".

And the very sad thing about these plans is that no one, no one at all, has actually done a cost benefit analysis. At least, not a correctly calculated one. Yes, I know, I bang on about this, the way in which the time taken to sort is not accounted for. But it really is true, the Commissioner has acknowledged it in response to a Parliamentary question.

They have no estimates at all of the time it takes households to sort their rubbish for recycling. They\’ve simply not taken it into account at all.

5 thoughts on “Sigh”

  1. You must keep in mind when interpreting government plans that all government and in particular local government has a natural affinity to rubbish, which thankfully limits their ability to actually achieve any result.

  2. Sigh.

    And I keep banging on about this too.

    It’s a misconception.

    Nobody is going to pay me for the time I might not spend sorting out the rubbish.

    My spare time is of no value. I work 9-5 and get paid for that. The rest of the time I do not get paid, whatever I do.

    There is no opportunity cost to lose.

    May be a different matter if you’re self-employed in a highly in-demand business (a plumber, perhaps), but most people are not.

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  4. Andrew Duffin. Grow a pair of clues and come back to us when you have.

    “My spare time is of no value.”.

    Right. Do my fucking shopping for me then for the next year, and my washing up and ironing. It won’t cost you /anything/!

    Are you going for the “Richard Murphy is my god” stupidity award for 2009?

  5. Like any government ever worried about something which affected consumer productivity, unless it could lead to the taxing thereof.

    I foresee a black market in GPS-device annulment / destruction capabilities.

    To give a simple example: Over Here, we’ve already worked out that a .3″-caliber projectile travelling at over 2,000 feet per second is the absolute minimum specifications that will cause a surveillance camera to cease operation.

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