30 October 2007
For over a century it has been quite simple. Householders have been putting their rubbish out once a week and it has been taken away by the binman.
The cost of collecting and disposing of domestic waste in England and Wales is expected to soar from £2.8 billion to £4.2 billion in five years.
Once upon a time, local authorities would pick up larger items which couldn't be taken with the weekly collection. If you take it to the tip yourself, you are going to have to pay for that 'privilege' too. Rather than pay up, many will resort to fly-tipping, spoiling our urban streets (see photos taken in different locations in Walworth, an area with weekly collections).
The mind boggles at the thought of fortnightly collections on the risk of health alone. This is not the way to achieve more recycling. Other councils, indeed other countries, which recycle more than we do, don't resort to punitive measures.
We now have regulations governing what and how much you can put in various types of bins and we have spy chips, inspectors checking contents and draconian fines for those who transgress, with no allowance for the old, infirm and those with insufficient space to keep all these bins.
Reg O'Donoghue, Wooler Street, Walworth, SE17.
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