Monday, March 30, 2009
Bin Brother - Re-Education Visits
Be warned, should you be foolish enough to dispose of the "wrong sort of rubbish", Nanny's bin police will pay you a home visit and re-educate you.
The bin police, hired by our "respected" local councils and paid for by us, are using microchips placed in 2 million bins to measure the volume of rubbish thrown away; and, in some cases, searching through the waste looking for plastic, glass or other items that should have been recycled instead.
Those who break Nanny's rules will be contacted in writing, re offences will see a council officer paying a home visit.
Bin chipping South Oxfordshire council, for example, has told householders to remove labels from jars and cans.
The council says don't worry though:
"It's not Big Brother. The new bins contain a microchip which has a serial number that relates to the address the bin belongs to.
This helps us track lost bins, as well as measuring the weight inside the bins to give us fast, accurate data and reports identifying if there are areas of the district recycling less, or throwing away more rubbish.
We will put a reminder on your bin if you get it wrong, and if you regularly have problems putting the wrong items in your bins, we will simply provide guidance and possibly come out to visit you.
We don't intend to use the micro-chipped bins to introduce rubbish charging based on the amount of rubbish households throw away. However the Government may introduce legislation forcing us to introduce such a scheme."
For good measure the council also recommends that people pay private companies to clean their bins.
Can someone remind me why we pay council tax?
All of this may be very well if, and it is a big IF, this seriously contributed in a positive and measurable way to the improvement of the environment and to people's well being.
However, it doesn't.
The reality is that large amounts of waste, that in theory is marked for recycling, is sold by the councils to rip off private companies who ship it to India to bury it next door to some unsuspecting villagers.
Hardly environmentally sound is it?
Nanny doesn't give a stuff, her real objective is to increase the tax burden so that she can employ more council busybodies to control our daily lives.
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