English district councils spend £1 in every £3 of council tax revenue on gathering and disposing of household rubbish, figures obtained by the Guardian show.
So, first be deliberately obtuse about the money. Council tax revenue is about 25% of total council revenue. So we\’re really saying that about 8% of council revenue is spent on household waste.
Anti-waste campaigners have condemned the cost as too high and criticised local government for not doing enough to cut waste. According to the figures, councils in England and Wales spent £4.5bn in 2007-08 dealing with refuse, including collection, landfill and recycling.
And before we started all this recycling malarkey we were spending £1.6 billion a year. (From the \”Waste not Want not\” report to the Prime Minister. Foreword was by one A Blair if memory serves).
For, you see, recycling is more expensive than throwing it all in a hole in the ground. So for anti-waste campaigners to complain that the system they\’ve insisted upon is more expensive is a little rich.
\”We still have a lot of valuable materials that are going into landfill,\” said Dr Michael Warhurst, Friends of the Earth\’s senior waste campaigner.
Well, you know, that\’s extremely doubtful. For of course in attempting to work out that value we have to be including the costs of extracting that value. And as I\’ve been banging on about for many years now, you and everyone else (yes, including the government and the EU) have been entirely ignoring the largest cost of such schemes. The costs of the households doing the sorting. For a full on sorting scheme, food and garden wastes included, this would be £5.5 billion if we are to use the recommendations of the Stiglitz Commission on how to account for household production.
This is, as you will note, more than the current total cost of the system….and we certainly don\’t expect council costs to fall to nothing under a full on recycling system. So your recommendations are to make the system even more expensive.
Well done that man.
Landfill is expensive, almost full
Bollocks. Licenced landfill is almost full….but that\’s only because we\’re not licencing any more. We dig more holes each year than we create rubbish to put into them. This is an artificial, regulatory, shortage only.
and the methane emissions from organic waste breaking down in landfill account for 3% of the total UK greenhouse gas emissions.
and 33% of renewable energy generated in the UK let us not forget.
Forgive me banging on about this yet again but it does enrage me to see something so important being sold to us with a pack of lies. And until they include in their calculations the cost of household time spent according with their rules the whole thing is indeed a pack of lies.