'In my view it would be entirely inappropriate to withdraw the trial.' -- David Quirk, Head of Environment, Rotten Borough of Rushmoor
Around 100 local authorities across the country have moved to fortnightly collection of rubbish. Many more are thinking of doing so or are in the process of doing so.
Recycling is being used as the excuse to cut services, but it has nothing to do with recycling and everything to do with cutting services to the public.
Two councils that have recently cut services from weekly to fortnightly collection are Oxford and the Rotten Borough of Rushmoor, and in both cases it has proved to be an unmitigated disaster, and led to widespread public anger.
Oxford now has overflowing bins, rubbish dumped in the street. The person responsible for this disaster in Oxford is arrogant Jean Fooks, with the Orwellian title of Councillor for a Cleaner City. This arrogant woman has made it clear she has no interest in the views of Oxford residents, and a reduced service is here to stay. Her response to overflowing bins and rubbish in the streets is to threaten residents with fines.
No surprise then that residents have told her to Fook Off!
The counterpart to Fooks in the Rotten Borough of Rushmoor is the arrogant Roland Dibbs and his sidekick David Quirk, both show the same arrogant contempt for the local community as Fooks.
The Rotten Borough of Rushmoor consists of Aldershot and Farnborough.
In Aldershot, there are streets where the stench from the rubbish is overpowering (and it is not yet summer), rubbish everywhere, the Wellington monument in a little wooded copse, has become a favourite spot for fly-tipping, but still these two arrogant clowns think they know best. Both residents and bin men have complained that fortnightly collection is an unmitigated disaster, but no one is listening.
Alton, just south of Aldershot, now has a major problem with the burning of rubbish. In the summer, residents have to close their windows, such is the level of air pollution from back garden burning of rubbish.
In Ireland, back garden burning of rubbish is such that it is now a major contributor to deteriorating air quality. Half of all the cancer-causing dioxins in the air now come from household waste being burnt by local residents to avoid waste disposal taxes. Dioxins are among the most toxic substances known to man and can cause tumours and birth defects.
The UK is now facing an epidemic of fly-tipping. Few cases ever result in prosecution, on the other hand local authorities are quick to hand out on-the-spot fines for overflowing bins or other minor infringements such as putting bins out on the wrong day, putting rubbish in the wrong bin or leaving a wheelie bin lid open.
In Germany, rats are having a bean feast on food flushed into the sewers.
Pest control operatives have warned of an explosion of rat population due to reduced refuse collection service and proliferation of fast food takeaways.
In Sweden and Norway, bin men are suffering long-term respiratory problems due to breathing in bio-aerosols from decaying putrescent waste.
The World Health Organisation has warned of the need to collect refuse at least once a week in temperate climates. As the climate warms up, it will prove necessary to collect waste 2-3 times a week.
You do not cut corners where public health is concerned. Recycling should not be used as an excuse to cut public services.
If we wish to improve our abysmal recycling rates, then we should focus on recycling, not on using it as an excuse to cut services. This means encouraging and educating people to separate their waste and put it in the appropriate bins, cutting down the amount of waste, encouraging home composting. It means targetting the supermarkets and their excess packaging, not punishing householders for something that is outside of their control.
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