Well then, the BBC called earlier to cancel/postpone the discussion on recycling so I though I would use this forum to kick it off!
Here’s where I stand. I want a green and pleasant land. I want to see waste managed efficiently and in a way that causes least harm to the environment. I bet you share these aims – what sensible person would not? It’s all about HOW we achieve this.
A lot of the focus these days is on what WE – the householder – should be doing. How many different recycling bins should we have? Are we to be punished if we choose not to recycle? Who should be doing the recycling – State of Private sector? What is best practise? Has the State the right to go through our household refuse to see what we are doing? Are Bin Inspectors or sensors on bins acceptable intrusion into our private lives?
I happen to believe that more attention should be put on the producers of modern disposable products and they should be encouraged financially to reduce packaging or else alter it in ways that reduce waste. I would like to see the State agencies kept OUT of the waste collection business (and it IS business) because they are grossly inefficient. I want to see weekly waste collections as fortnightly are both unhygienic and a diminution of service level, paid for by my rates. I object to slops going into a special slops bin on the basis it is also unhygienic, if not Third World. I think local Councils are all over the place in their recycling policies and I object to them TELLING me what I will do.
In fact, in this entire issue, my single biggest gripe is that of being berated into behaviour that officialdom (The EU in particular) deems acceptable. This is petty tyranny. Recycling should be voluntary. People should be encouraged to recycle, through financial incentive. The dead hand of local Government needs taken out of it. The diktat approach currently in place needs recycled.
Of course when we review what currently happens in the Recycling Industry we see massive contradictions. Many local Councils boast of their recycling efforts but are unable to state where the recycled products go to. A slow boat to China is often the answer. The entire landfill/recycle issue is also one that is far from settled with new technologies opening up exciting possibilities for improved landfill options (ones that of course the little Hitlers in the EU deny.)
We all seek to be responsible citizens and we all share a desire to keep this land a green and pleasant place. A proliferation of rubbish bins on every corner is not the answer. Bin Inspectors are not the answer.
What say you?