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Yep - we are allowed one bag a week for waste, pay for garden waste collection - once a fortnight, and re-cycling is collected in a pink plastic bag, once a week so no bottles etc.
In April they have decided we will have a wheelie bin for re-cycling - once a fortnight and it will take glass bottles but what we recycle will change.
At moment shredded paper is classed as general rubbish and is not recyclable!
Put some in compost but I couls fill a dalek with it sometimes
Councils are under immense financial pressure because of government policy and the general recession and are looking for ways to cut costs and increase revenue a bit. As has been said recently on another thread, this kind of short-sighted policy increases illegal dumping and adds extra costs because the council then has to pay for for clearing the rubbish and for trying to catch and prosecute those guilty of illegal dumping.
Yes, its way past my bedtime and I've been dozing over my laptop.
I agree with all you say, dmb. I suppose nice packaging makes a thing more atractive to buy and so increases the price manufactureres can charge.
Good morning, MOBs. We are certainly getting a multiplicity of threads on the same topics now. I guess it is a good thing, since more than one exchange of ideas is involved and most are interesting conversations. Puzzles me slightly, occasionally, since one wonders about the undercurrents involved. Never mind, there's plenty of room for all. Vive la difference!
We've had a couple of idiots impersonating others, too. I've noticed a post by a jon cob, though he seemed a bit more literate than last time, besides a brumbAll. Idly amusing themselves? Makes you wonder about their emotional health, not to mention their level of maturity.
I'm wondering where Palaisglide is. Hope you are well, Frank.
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Good morning, MOBs. We are certainly getting a multiplicity of threads on the same topics now. I guess it is a good thing, since more than one exchange of ideas is involved and most are interesting conversations. Puzzles me slightly, occasionally, since one wonders about the undercurrents involved. Never mind, there's plenty of room for all. Vive la difference! We've had a couple of idiots impersonating others, too. I've noticed a post by a jon cob, though he seemed a bit more literate than last time, besides a brumbAll. Idly amusing themselves? Makes you wonder about their emotional health, not to mention their level of maturity. I'm wondering where Palaisglide is. Hope you are well, Frank.
I agree entirely with your comments GG
I was wondering the same thing GG. Frank- if you're there let us know how you are. On the subject of councils/rubbish etc what I don't get is the people who dump rubbish on lanes - ther are umpteen council dumps around my area which are easy to use and as they must have a car/van ...what is the matter with these people??? Our recycling is well intentioned here but we have silly bags for some things and the men just chuck them once empty. Scotlkand is rather a windy place so you usually have to hunt for them later Trolls
I think some dumping is done for similar motives to trolling on a forum - an expression of anger and rebellion against society, which they feel has disadvantaged them. I guess if you feel powerless, causing mischief gives you back a sense of power. In my line of work, I've seen this often in teenagers of both genders. Some continue throughout life to fail to find a place of dignity and usefulness (don't mean to sound pretentious) and feel they have been done out of something. Anger is their response and it finds an expression in destructive behavour.
The trouble with council dumps is it's only domestic rubbish they will take for free and that does not include your regular domestic rubbish, for 'commercial' rubbish it has to be paid for and that unfortunately encourages fly tipping. In Ireland it is worse since there seems to be a lot more tipping of ordinary domestic waste such a shame since Ireland has beautiful countryside.
On the positive side there is 'tidy towns' in most area's where local people volunteer their time to clean up the mess.
And did I read that some people now have to use transparent rubbish bags - presumably so that the dustmen can check that nothing illicit is in there? We tend to use the council dump a lot, since going there seems to give my OH inexplicable pleasure and it does get rid of the mess. Most people, I suspect, would not bother and/or would not have time. Payment is the big issue, as you rightly say.
What I don't understand about all this recycling is the discrepency of what councils will and won't take. We are not allowed to recycle yogurt/butter containers or any form of packaging, which I try to avoid anyway. Other councils take the lot. We have two separate boxes for glass/tin and plastic but when it was noticed that these were both emptied into one of their huge wheely bins, started using only one.
What I find really annoying is the 'operatives' who make a decision not to empty your bins because they are further than 1 metre from the edge of your property, or the garden recycling bin's top doesn't quite close. This then involves an e-mail or phone call for a collection the following day. What a waste of money.
This is bloody mindedness on the part of the 'operatives.' There are always one or two! Bin men made my daughter in law (who has rheumatoid arthritis) empty her compost bin and repack it because she had used recyclable bags. Siince they recycle cooked food waste, this was a disgusting job.
We live in a narow lane and the council lorries can't get through, so they send a van. The men pick up the various recycling containers and toss the lot into the back of the van - together. Makes you realise the hypocrisy and muddle involved in it all.
I was just a teacher in a comprehensive, dmball, then spent some years after retirement helping teach overseas students. It gave interesting insights into human nature! However, its a relief to be able to do my own thing.
Which in GG's case is chattering on here all day.
Best go before I get the cane or detention. Accounts calling - not quite loud enough.
Tina, you are so right! i haven't been posting here for long, just a few weeks, but I am getting adicted. I keep telling myself I will only have a quick look and then I get drawn in. It will have to stop!
Are you speaking for me, GG? Addiction, addiction. My grump is that I can't add anything positive about planting yet, as it's just too early here to start anything, but I am getting a lot of useful info for the future by reading all the posts and amusement too!
Frank is on line fit and well.Councils are always under fire so I see no point in flogging it. As one who remembers councils who were all voluntary, people of the town who did it because they believed in towns being run properly with good services.Along came labour and they announced they would pay Councilors and give them expenses. In our town of full and well paid employment we suddenly found all the people who did not want work on the Council and not only that they would also get their wives elected and boy did they spend our money.Because the wages for the ordinary council workers were poor compared with industry a good pension scheme was put in place as an attraction which we are all now paying for.As Industry was killed off the local councils became the largest employers in this area that means a lot of the income from Government and Rates goes on wages and pensions.Is that good or bad?? At least people are employed in what is a bad area for employment, pensioners with extra cash can spend in the town shops and services, the jury is out on that one.What was sown many years ago is now being harvested so blame our parents for letting it happen and a jobsworth has to earn his keep somehow.Better go and check on my Lamb and Roast veg so it will be quiet for some while.