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Refuse Collections should be green

Comment 8th August 2010

At present there is a system where Councils will refuse to empty a refuse bin because it is too full and the lid is not closed properly. Householders are advised to take the excess to the Council Tip…………… or will they just fly tip it?

Well how green is that?  For the sake of a bin man (refuse disposal operative) wheeling a bin with the lid not tightly closed to a lorry, families have to get their car out and drive to the council tip ~ fuel emissions etc

Great, joined up "green thinking" this is not?

It is far greener, far more environmentally friendly for refuse to be collected in the simplest possible way. So if the wagon is passing by why leave the rubbish for the householder to dispose of because they have put out too much?   This invites fly tipping.

I propose a radical rethink of refuse collections and this should be Nationwide rather than by council or local authority.

Two Bins. Wet and Dry.

Wet for compostable material containing food, vegetable and garden waste.

Dry for everything else which is then sorted for recyclables and waste at regional centres.

All that is put out should be collected and sorted at the regional sorting centres.

It strikes me as inefficient, wasteful and illogical to have such local variations in the policy for dealing with household waste.


Why does this matter?

This proposal for a National policy on waste and a National method of collection and disposal of household waste will cut costs as all councils will have the same vehicles and all waste disposal operatives will be doing the same job throughout the country. There will be bespoke sorting and processing centres.

People will understand how the system works as there will be no regional variations.

All refuse put out will be collected so the incentive to fly tip will be reduced.

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