Use offenders on Community Service to increase recylcing levels and ensure that real work is done.

At my local recycling centre the majority of stuff brought in seems still to go to landfill because it is mixed (e.g. plastic and metal). In the third world recycling rates often approach 90% because of rubbish pickers who break just about everything into usable constituent parts. Clearly, with staff on at least minimum wage, it is not in the interest of most of the waste handling companies to, for example, separate the metal from the wood on an old trouser press I found in my loft – which went to landfill. But someone on  community service could have separateed the wood and the metal. Further, there has been a great deal of complaint about people on CS (community payback etc.) not actually doing anything. Rather than measuring hours of elapsed time which may or may not represent any real work, offenders could be sentenced to recover a certain weight, volume or value of material from items that would otherwise go to landfill. This would result in a fairer punishment (if you do no work, your "sentence" doesn't go down) , no loss of jobs at recycling sentence and a considerable reduction in materials going to landfill. With a nationwide scheme all kinds of materials could be collected that are currently not always used e.g. rag, type 5 plastic etc.

Why is this idea important?

At my local recycling centre the majority of stuff brought in seems still to go to landfill because it is mixed (e.g. plastic and metal). In the third world recycling rates often approach 90% because of rubbish pickers who break just about everything into usable constituent parts. Clearly, with staff on at least minimum wage, it is not in the interest of most of the waste handling companies to, for example, separate the metal from the wood on an old trouser press I found in my loft – which went to landfill. But someone on  community service could have separateed the wood and the metal. Further, there has been a great deal of complaint about people on CS (community payback etc.) not actually doing anything. Rather than measuring hours of elapsed time which may or may not represent any real work, offenders could be sentenced to recover a certain weight, volume or value of material from items that would otherwise go to landfill. This would result in a fairer punishment (if you do no work, your "sentence" doesn't go down) , no loss of jobs at recycling sentence and a considerable reduction in materials going to landfill. With a nationwide scheme all kinds of materials could be collected that are currently not always used e.g. rag, type 5 plastic etc.

National Curbside Recycling Strategy

 

At my previous house, the local council would recycle (at the curbside collection scheme) the following items:

  • Plastic
  • Paper
  • Glass
  • Food/drink cans
  • Cardboard
  • Green waste (in a separate bin)

This resulted in my household only 'throwing out' a black bin liner that was around half full every week.  We took things like light bulbs and remote control batteries (etc.) down the local tip when we had enough to justify a journey. Things like old clothing (etc.) was sent to the local charity shop.

We moved house last year, and even though the move was only a few miles, we came under a different council.  This council only collected the following items:

  • Paper
  • Glass
  • Food/drink cans
  • Green waste (in a separate bin)

This resulted in the amount that we disposed of increased almost overnight.  I also sold my car (as we were closer to better public transport links), so I thought that I could kill 2 birds with one stone by going to the tip on my bike (get some exercise and do something good for the environment).  I was told that they only allowed vehicles into the tip (bikes don’t count) due to ‘health and safety’ concerns.  Now I know that the amount that I can carry on a bike is only small, but it was more to do with doing a little, rather than nothing at all.

After speaking to colleagues at work, I found that some people can recycle all of the above, others only some of the above and some can recycle all of the above AND cooked/uncooked food waste. I do find it strange that in this day and age, the amount that we can recycle varies depending upon where you live, surely it must cost more for each council to have an individual policy on curbside collection, rather than a national strategy / policy?  And why is it that there are no facilities to recycle plastic drink bottles (for example) on the high street?

Why is this idea important?

 

At my previous house, the local council would recycle (at the curbside collection scheme) the following items:

  • Plastic
  • Paper
  • Glass
  • Food/drink cans
  • Cardboard
  • Green waste (in a separate bin)

This resulted in my household only 'throwing out' a black bin liner that was around half full every week.  We took things like light bulbs and remote control batteries (etc.) down the local tip when we had enough to justify a journey. Things like old clothing (etc.) was sent to the local charity shop.

We moved house last year, and even though the move was only a few miles, we came under a different council.  This council only collected the following items:

  • Paper
  • Glass
  • Food/drink cans
  • Green waste (in a separate bin)

This resulted in the amount that we disposed of increased almost overnight.  I also sold my car (as we were closer to better public transport links), so I thought that I could kill 2 birds with one stone by going to the tip on my bike (get some exercise and do something good for the environment).  I was told that they only allowed vehicles into the tip (bikes don’t count) due to ‘health and safety’ concerns.  Now I know that the amount that I can carry on a bike is only small, but it was more to do with doing a little, rather than nothing at all.

After speaking to colleagues at work, I found that some people can recycle all of the above, others only some of the above and some can recycle all of the above AND cooked/uncooked food waste. I do find it strange that in this day and age, the amount that we can recycle varies depending upon where you live, surely it must cost more for each council to have an individual policy on curbside collection, rather than a national strategy / policy?  And why is it that there are no facilities to recycle plastic drink bottles (for example) on the high street?

The environment – packaging

Reduce significantly the amount of non recyclable plastic packaging, used in the food industry particularly, by several means:

*   ensure that all "one-time" shopping bags are recyclable – i.e. paper or recyclable plastic

*   phase out all one-time plastic bags; whilst the usage reduction from 60 to 40 billion a year over the last two is significant it still means we will put 40 billion bags into the ground still this year

*   phase in the use of paper bags

*   require that both plastic bottles AND their tops are of the same recyclable material. The lids on the plastic milk bottles are recyclable whilst those on the soda bottles are not! If they were, one could flatten the plastic bottle, put on the cap and than discard thus reducing the volume by about 70%

*   invest in power plants which use packaging and other rubbish as their fuel

Why is this idea important?

Reduce significantly the amount of non recyclable plastic packaging, used in the food industry particularly, by several means:

*   ensure that all "one-time" shopping bags are recyclable – i.e. paper or recyclable plastic

*   phase out all one-time plastic bags; whilst the usage reduction from 60 to 40 billion a year over the last two is significant it still means we will put 40 billion bags into the ground still this year

*   phase in the use of paper bags

*   require that both plastic bottles AND their tops are of the same recyclable material. The lids on the plastic milk bottles are recyclable whilst those on the soda bottles are not! If they were, one could flatten the plastic bottle, put on the cap and than discard thus reducing the volume by about 70%

*   invest in power plants which use packaging and other rubbish as their fuel

Plastic Recycling

My local authority has begun a more robust recycling system than previous, whereby certain plastics, metal, paper, cardboard and glass are collected at the kerbside.

Unfortunately, there are many plastics that they will not collect, namely plastic film, black plastic food containers, plastic strawberry punnet type containers and others.

My suggestion to the Coalition would be to place the onus (by regulation or other) for food manufacturers to only use the same type of plastic containers which CAN be recycled.   

Why is this idea important?

My local authority has begun a more robust recycling system than previous, whereby certain plastics, metal, paper, cardboard and glass are collected at the kerbside.

Unfortunately, there are many plastics that they will not collect, namely plastic film, black plastic food containers, plastic strawberry punnet type containers and others.

My suggestion to the Coalition would be to place the onus (by regulation or other) for food manufacturers to only use the same type of plastic containers which CAN be recycled.   

Amend waste control regulations to reduce stupid restrictions

Waste control regulations shouls be amended so that it is easier to recycle a businesses own general waste e.g. paper, cardboard and general office electrical items (computers, flourescent tubes etc.)

Why is this idea important?

Waste control regulations shouls be amended so that it is easier to recycle a businesses own general waste e.g. paper, cardboard and general office electrical items (computers, flourescent tubes etc.)

Wrapping Fish & Chips in Newspaper

One good example of reusing/recycling that we no longer have due to percieved health fears, and the newspaper never actually touched the food anyway it was just the insulation.

Why is this idea important?

One good example of reusing/recycling that we no longer have due to percieved health fears, and the newspaper never actually touched the food anyway it was just the insulation.

Cut red tape on Bin Collection

The duty of care – environmental protction act 1990 and the enviromental protection duty of care regulations 1991 state that I must complete a waste transfer notice every year for each waste container I use. This basically states what type of waste I put in the bin and costs me £80 + VAT for each container per year (£160+VAT in my case) for the waste disposal company to administer this document.

 

In simple terms I put cardboard in the cardboard bin and general waste in the general waste bin. Others put glass in their glass bins, plastic in their plastic bin etc etc. To me this seems like a massive waste of time, resources and ultimately money for small businesses with no improved result.

Why is this idea important?

The duty of care – environmental protction act 1990 and the enviromental protection duty of care regulations 1991 state that I must complete a waste transfer notice every year for each waste container I use. This basically states what type of waste I put in the bin and costs me £80 + VAT for each container per year (£160+VAT in my case) for the waste disposal company to administer this document.

 

In simple terms I put cardboard in the cardboard bin and general waste in the general waste bin. Others put glass in their glass bins, plastic in their plastic bin etc etc. To me this seems like a massive waste of time, resources and ultimately money for small businesses with no improved result.

electrical good recycling

Whilst all recylcing is good, the EU regulation regarding disposal of small electircal items after use is laregly unenforcable and draconian. Items which can be fitted into a black bacl should be aloowued to be disposed of by rubbish. Councils should have a duty to search the ruibbish tipos for items that can be recylced rather than the onus being put on the individual

Why is this idea important?

Whilst all recylcing is good, the EU regulation regarding disposal of small electircal items after use is laregly unenforcable and draconian. Items which can be fitted into a black bacl should be aloowued to be disposed of by rubbish. Councils should have a duty to search the ruibbish tipos for items that can be recylced rather than the onus being put on the individual

stop councils criminalizing people over wheelie bins

Lets put a stop to the ridiculous amount of red tape which criminalises ordinary people for putting the wrong type of container into a wheelie bin or for the lid being open an inch.

Why is this idea important?

Lets put a stop to the ridiculous amount of red tape which criminalises ordinary people for putting the wrong type of container into a wheelie bin or for the lid being open an inch.

Recycling for small businesses

End the law which states that small businesses cannot take their recycling to the public amenity tip. The recycling companies need more plastic to recycle to make a profit, so why not let small businesses take their plastic bottles to the tip, without needing a waste carriers licence.

Why is this idea important?

End the law which states that small businesses cannot take their recycling to the public amenity tip. The recycling companies need more plastic to recycle to make a profit, so why not let small businesses take their plastic bottles to the tip, without needing a waste carriers licence.

Supermarkets to contribute

Instead of householders paying more in council tax to enable the councils to recycle more why not ask the Supermarkets to contribute?

We, as the consumer, buy most of our food in packaging which we end up having to recycle. This is not a bad thing in asking us to put out the right bits in the right boxes thus reducing more that goes into landfill BUT why aren't the Supermarkets being asked to contribute to the recycling schemes. For example, they could pay for all the new recycling and wheelie bins that have recently been distrubted in our area as well as part funding the contractors costs for collecting.

 

Why is this idea important?

Instead of householders paying more in council tax to enable the councils to recycle more why not ask the Supermarkets to contribute?

We, as the consumer, buy most of our food in packaging which we end up having to recycle. This is not a bad thing in asking us to put out the right bits in the right boxes thus reducing more that goes into landfill BUT why aren't the Supermarkets being asked to contribute to the recycling schemes. For example, they could pay for all the new recycling and wheelie bins that have recently been distrubted in our area as well as part funding the contractors costs for collecting.

 

Scrap rubbish & recycling collections.

I'm not old. I'm too young to remember 'the good old days'. BUT I am old enough to remember when local authorities provided a decent refuse collection SERVICE.

In the 1960s, binmen went into people's back gardens, collected their dustbins, emptied them & put them back where they found them. By the Thatcher era, cutbacks meant they provide less of a service: they only collected bins & rubbish from FRONT gardens. By the time Gordon Brown was PM the bunch of shirkers & dossers known as binmen conveniently didn't even have to step over the threshhold  of our properties. Today if we want them to do what we pay them to do, when have to leave wheely bins & recycling boxes with their handles over the pavement. If we want these arrogant Prima-Donnas to empty them, we must make sure they don't contain 'the wrong kind of rubbish'. In some areas they only collect fortnightly.

If we comply with the rules that make their job easy, they 'graciously' take our rubbish & then totally ignore rules & laws that are too much like hard work to comply with, i.e. they leave the bins & boxes across pavements, parking bays etc..

Why don't we relieve these idle gits of their jobs & do what the French do (in rural as well as urban areas) & have COMMUNAL recycling bins?

Why is this idea important?

I'm not old. I'm too young to remember 'the good old days'. BUT I am old enough to remember when local authorities provided a decent refuse collection SERVICE.

In the 1960s, binmen went into people's back gardens, collected their dustbins, emptied them & put them back where they found them. By the Thatcher era, cutbacks meant they provide less of a service: they only collected bins & rubbish from FRONT gardens. By the time Gordon Brown was PM the bunch of shirkers & dossers known as binmen conveniently didn't even have to step over the threshhold  of our properties. Today if we want them to do what we pay them to do, when have to leave wheely bins & recycling boxes with their handles over the pavement. If we want these arrogant Prima-Donnas to empty them, we must make sure they don't contain 'the wrong kind of rubbish'. In some areas they only collect fortnightly.

If we comply with the rules that make their job easy, they 'graciously' take our rubbish & then totally ignore rules & laws that are too much like hard work to comply with, i.e. they leave the bins & boxes across pavements, parking bays etc..

Why don't we relieve these idle gits of their jobs & do what the French do (in rural as well as urban areas) & have COMMUNAL recycling bins?

Move environmental taxes from point of disposal to point of sale

Abolish Point of Disposal environmental taxes like the land fill tax.

Instead, allow land fill and recycling centres to accept commercial waste free of charge.

To pay for this, increase the rate of VAT on building materials, tyres, etc. (i.e. whatever the difficult to dispose of items are).  VAT is cheaper to collect, impossible to avoid. Ultimately, the same person will pay for the disposal, but much sooner, without the ability to avoid the tax by dumping the waste.

To encourage recycling, make 2nd hand items VAT exempt and reduce the VAT on recycled goods, if practical.

Why is this idea important?

Abolish Point of Disposal environmental taxes like the land fill tax.

Instead, allow land fill and recycling centres to accept commercial waste free of charge.

To pay for this, increase the rate of VAT on building materials, tyres, etc. (i.e. whatever the difficult to dispose of items are).  VAT is cheaper to collect, impossible to avoid. Ultimately, the same person will pay for the disposal, but much sooner, without the ability to avoid the tax by dumping the waste.

To encourage recycling, make 2nd hand items VAT exempt and reduce the VAT on recycled goods, if practical.

Reduce burden of packaging waste regulations

The Packaging Waste Regulations should be amended to simplify the return along the lines of the WEE regulations.  The Packaging return takes me hours to complie and the records and checks I need to keep and make are time consuming and laborious. For a single box of product I have to account for the cardboard the box is made of, weigh the strapping around the product, weigh the staples in each box, weigh any stretch film around the pallet the box is on and then weigh the pallet the box came on as well.

We as a business re-use all our cardboard packaging until it can be used no more then it is collected by a recycling company – which we have to pay for. As much other packaging waste is also re-used and then recycled – again at our expense.

We then have to pay an annual registration fee for the membership to the body for submitting the return and then we have to pay a quarterly fee based on our return on how much packaging we have bought in the year regardless of what we are doing within the business to re-use/recycle.

Seems to me that again and again it is business is paying over and over for unecessary stastistics.

As a business we do not buy packaging we do not need – we can't afford to operate in this way. We cannot import goods from overseas or export products overseas without packaging – they would be destroyed.

Why are we constantly having to pay increased uncessessary costs (which we have no choice about) when we are trying to keeps our costs to a minimum to keep the business going and provide employment to the local community.

Please can we stop this unnecessary burden on businesses.

Why is this idea important?

The Packaging Waste Regulations should be amended to simplify the return along the lines of the WEE regulations.  The Packaging return takes me hours to complie and the records and checks I need to keep and make are time consuming and laborious. For a single box of product I have to account for the cardboard the box is made of, weigh the strapping around the product, weigh the staples in each box, weigh any stretch film around the pallet the box is on and then weigh the pallet the box came on as well.

We as a business re-use all our cardboard packaging until it can be used no more then it is collected by a recycling company – which we have to pay for. As much other packaging waste is also re-used and then recycled – again at our expense.

We then have to pay an annual registration fee for the membership to the body for submitting the return and then we have to pay a quarterly fee based on our return on how much packaging we have bought in the year regardless of what we are doing within the business to re-use/recycle.

Seems to me that again and again it is business is paying over and over for unecessary stastistics.

As a business we do not buy packaging we do not need – we can't afford to operate in this way. We cannot import goods from overseas or export products overseas without packaging – they would be destroyed.

Why are we constantly having to pay increased uncessessary costs (which we have no choice about) when we are trying to keeps our costs to a minimum to keep the business going and provide employment to the local community.

Please can we stop this unnecessary burden on businesses.

Plastic: Bottles, bags, waste

How did the plastic bottle become ubiquitous?  How did we allow our country to become littered with plastic bottles.  Consumers now have no choice but to consume out of plastic bottles.  Made from oil, used once and then chucked into landfill, or into the Pacific Ocean gyre or the stomachs of wild birds.

It would be nice to have the freedom to walk in my neighbourhood without plastic waste surrounding me.

 

Outlaw the plastic bottle – the government can do this if it has the courage

Why is this idea important?

How did the plastic bottle become ubiquitous?  How did we allow our country to become littered with plastic bottles.  Consumers now have no choice but to consume out of plastic bottles.  Made from oil, used once and then chucked into landfill, or into the Pacific Ocean gyre or the stomachs of wild birds.

It would be nice to have the freedom to walk in my neighbourhood without plastic waste surrounding me.

 

Outlaw the plastic bottle – the government can do this if it has the courage

Nationalised Standardised Recycling & Waste Policy

It is rediculous that across the country and even across London Boroughs, the recycling and waste collection facilities and what can be collected vary.  Surely a Nationwide Policy would be more suitable.  Economies of Scale of more sensible and coordinated collections working with a number of different private companies that now provide these varying collection facilities would save money, help the UK achieve environmental targets, reduce confusion and reduce landfill.

Why is this idea important?

It is rediculous that across the country and even across London Boroughs, the recycling and waste collection facilities and what can be collected vary.  Surely a Nationwide Policy would be more suitable.  Economies of Scale of more sensible and coordinated collections working with a number of different private companies that now provide these varying collection facilities would save money, help the UK achieve environmental targets, reduce confusion and reduce landfill.

ID at rubbish tips

stop the ruling which says i have to show id and a utility bill  before im allowed to enter the local tip.

 a simple trip to the tip means i have to rummage around looking for a bill. i have to get my passport from its place of safety then i have to load my rubbish into my husbands car because i am not allowed to take my van into the tip.

Why is this idea important?

stop the ruling which says i have to show id and a utility bill  before im allowed to enter the local tip.

 a simple trip to the tip means i have to rummage around looking for a bill. i have to get my passport from its place of safety then i have to load my rubbish into my husbands car because i am not allowed to take my van into the tip.

Where Councils are recycling, return profits via community charge

Where Councils are recycling, return profits via community charge (chip in bin for example).  One Council is giving homeowners who recycle vouchers for local stores.

Float Councils recycling plants on the stock exchange

Why is this idea important?

Where Councils are recycling, return profits via community charge (chip in bin for example).  One Council is giving homeowners who recycle vouchers for local stores.

Float Councils recycling plants on the stock exchange

Fines for not Recycling Properly

I HATE the fines one can get for not recycling properly. It is we consumers that  buy the food, we should not be forced to recycle and then threatened with a fine if we make a mistake. That is absolutely ludicrous. And its a hassle.

 

In fact, we should be getting paid for doing this type of labour. We already pay council taxes for our rubbish to be done away with and now the councils want to cheat us out of MORE money. Recycling should definitely be encouraged, but the government should look to encourage people to do this, like, offering coupons or something to make people want to do it.

Why is this idea important?

I HATE the fines one can get for not recycling properly. It is we consumers that  buy the food, we should not be forced to recycle and then threatened with a fine if we make a mistake. That is absolutely ludicrous. And its a hassle.

 

In fact, we should be getting paid for doing this type of labour. We already pay council taxes for our rubbish to be done away with and now the councils want to cheat us out of MORE money. Recycling should definitely be encouraged, but the government should look to encourage people to do this, like, offering coupons or something to make people want to do it.

Compel councils to provide a ‘reuse’ area at recycling centres

Many councils have 'reuse areas' where servicable but unwanted things(electrical items excluded) can be left for others to take if they have a use for them.  I have seen this works very well.  It saves landfill and hence landfill charges which ultimately are paid by council taxpayers.  Only if items remain unwanted at the end of a day or two can they then go to landfill.

I cleared my late father's house and left  servicable items in the Reuse Area and people were happy to take them.  However, my East Midlands council forbids this because they say they can be sued if an item causes trouble.  How so?  If other councils can do it, so can they.  The attitude my council has is inflexible, narrow-minded, wasteful, ecologically unsympathetic and bears unnecessary costs for council taxpayers when times are tight.

Why does my council not subscribe to today's attitude of Recycle, Recover and Reuse?

Implementing this idea would cost nothing and be planet friendly.

Why is this idea important?

Many councils have 'reuse areas' where servicable but unwanted things(electrical items excluded) can be left for others to take if they have a use for them.  I have seen this works very well.  It saves landfill and hence landfill charges which ultimately are paid by council taxpayers.  Only if items remain unwanted at the end of a day or two can they then go to landfill.

I cleared my late father's house and left  servicable items in the Reuse Area and people were happy to take them.  However, my East Midlands council forbids this because they say they can be sued if an item causes trouble.  How so?  If other councils can do it, so can they.  The attitude my council has is inflexible, narrow-minded, wasteful, ecologically unsympathetic and bears unnecessary costs for council taxpayers when times are tight.

Why does my council not subscribe to today's attitude of Recycle, Recover and Reuse?

Implementing this idea would cost nothing and be planet friendly.

Freedom to pick out of rubbish bins and skips

Homeless people, and anyone actually, should be allowed to pick food out of a bin or skip without being guilty of theft. Shops often dump lots of food into their bins because it will be past the "sell by" date the folling day. Unfortunately, I think that taking from a bin is technically theft at present.

It would clearly have to be a bin or skip and breaking entry would not be allowed. There would be an implied acceptance of risk on the part of the food taker and no liability for the food dumper.

Why is this idea important?

Homeless people, and anyone actually, should be allowed to pick food out of a bin or skip without being guilty of theft. Shops often dump lots of food into their bins because it will be past the "sell by" date the folling day. Unfortunately, I think that taking from a bin is technically theft at present.

It would clearly have to be a bin or skip and breaking entry would not be allowed. There would be an implied acceptance of risk on the part of the food taker and no liability for the food dumper.

Britain’s Bin Fettish

You hear a lot in the news about people being fined for putting the bins out to early or for putting the wrong bit of waste in the wrong bin.  Can we stop it now? its getting silly. We are becoming a nation which is obsessed with bins and rubbish.  Is this really what being British means?  An unhealthy interest in other people's waste?  Councils should be concentrating on more important issues than where Mrs Blogs has put her left over apple strudel.  Law abiding people should not be fined or given criminal records for putting out their rubbish.

We are all consumers.  We buy products which are packaged by manufacturers.  If we are to reduce volumes sent to landfill, then surely, packaging should be reduced by the manufacturers.  

Not all areas of the country can recycle the same things.  I cant recycle cardboard!!!  Why is this?  This is the fault of the councils.  They are asking us to recycle more yet have not changed the way that they collect it.   If we are to recycle more – all councils should be ensuring that facilities exist throughout their areas for all recyclable material not just the bits that they can make money on.  So if anyone should be getting fined or prosecuted it should be manufacturers and councils – these are the only ones who can actually change the volumes of waste produced.

Get these two bits sorted and waste will automatically reduce without the need for costly court cases against law abiding residents just trying to do their best.

Why is this idea important?

You hear a lot in the news about people being fined for putting the bins out to early or for putting the wrong bit of waste in the wrong bin.  Can we stop it now? its getting silly. We are becoming a nation which is obsessed with bins and rubbish.  Is this really what being British means?  An unhealthy interest in other people's waste?  Councils should be concentrating on more important issues than where Mrs Blogs has put her left over apple strudel.  Law abiding people should not be fined or given criminal records for putting out their rubbish.

We are all consumers.  We buy products which are packaged by manufacturers.  If we are to reduce volumes sent to landfill, then surely, packaging should be reduced by the manufacturers.  

Not all areas of the country can recycle the same things.  I cant recycle cardboard!!!  Why is this?  This is the fault of the councils.  They are asking us to recycle more yet have not changed the way that they collect it.   If we are to recycle more – all councils should be ensuring that facilities exist throughout their areas for all recyclable material not just the bits that they can make money on.  So if anyone should be getting fined or prosecuted it should be manufacturers and councils – these are the only ones who can actually change the volumes of waste produced.

Get these two bits sorted and waste will automatically reduce without the need for costly court cases against law abiding residents just trying to do their best.