I was in Ireland when they changed the way rubbish was managed.. each household had a bar code attached to their bins which were weighed every time the bin men came.
You paid a fixed charge for having the bin men come in the first place and then you paid by weight and it weren't a minor sum by any means
Fly tipping rocketed, I was working on a construction site near Dublin, and we built a gravel carpark for the contractors off the main road passing the site. On the Monday morning after we first built it, it was full of rubbish dumped on the weekend.
Fly tipping will return with a vengeance, thats for sure, as will bonfires.
I recycle as much as i can, my local council provide a bin for glass and tin cans , a bin for cardboard and garden waste ( you can't put veg peelings in though...which don't make sense to me ) and a bag for newspapers, mags etc.
I enquired where i could recycle plastic cartons such as shampoo bottles, milk cartons and such like and the lady told me that they don't take them, nor could i find any plastic recycling bins anywhere.
Surely plastic is recycle'able? My bin is full of plastic bottles, cartons etc.
Worse is, the council only empty my bins once every 2 weeks!!!
Old bank statements etc, i burn on a friends wood stove.
The system is grossly unfair because....a person living alone will obviously have a lot less refuse than say a family of four. The singly will pay nothing, the family of four will be penalised.
This will be unfair on everyone, most food you buy comes in packaging so in order to eat you will be screwed financially.
When I started recycling I put a seperate bag full of plastic containers out no one would take it though. A milk carton is probably the most used and thrown away item out there, why would they not recycle them?
We dont pay council tax to pick up our recycleable goods every week, nor to fill the pot holes that are covered in our roads, nor to get the yobs off the street by giving them something productive to do. Nor by doing something with the leisure centre they have poured millions into yet it still has no four walls.
Didn't see a reduction in council tax when they started collecting rubbish every two weeks (50% reduction in service), don't suppose there will be a reduction when they start charging. Foresee plenty of scope for who's on holiday/which quarter is empty etc. Soon it will be lockable bins and deliver yer own to the tip! We're all doomed I tell ye.......................
My Council Tax for this year is about 90 pounds. This is on a 4 bedroom detached house with garage on a quarter acre plot [cheap]. My rubbish gets collected on a Thursday [Bin and 6 large sacks today]. No grafitti, no discernable crime, good neighbours, polite children, very efficient local and county level councils, cheap to eat/drink out, efficient [albeit '50's style] hospital and I pay around 70pence a litre for petrol..............Oh, sorry peeps.......... forgot to say I live in a large village in Western Hungary It's like living in '50's Britain but with modern technology thrown in.
If anyone wants any info on life here, pm me.
Ah, please explain to young master Atkins in a sandy place why he is paying CILOCT (Charge In Lieu Of Council Tax for those not presently in the green full time). If our touchy-feely PM in waiting wanted to win a few hearts and minds he'd chop the charge levied on service personnel overseas - or ensure the bin men from Catterick set up an overseas det in Basra/Hohne/You choose/.......
If you live in Glasgow, 200 grand your council tax goes on the 'Glasgay multi-arts festival for multi-sexual people'. LINK
If you live in London, it funds Ken's trips to show solidarity with the comrades in Cuba and Venezuela. (It also pays for booze to get Ken pi$$ed enough to dish out anti-semitic abuse to Jewish reporters)
What next.....tax on second children, window tax reintroduced, square foot of garden tax........