The great recycling scam
Telford & Wrekin Council is one of the many local authorities across England to start its own home recycling scheme. The schemes are passed off as an environmental scheme when really they are nothing more than an ill-thought-out, thinly-veiled scam.
Here's what happens ...
The local authority stop emptying your wheelie bins on a weekly basis and start collecting them fortnightly.
In the intervening week they empty your recycling and garden waste bins.
The recycling box that you get is about a quarter of the size of a wheelie bin.
The garden waste bin is the same size as a wheelie bin.
I have two wheelie bins - 2 adults, 4 kids (one a baby in nappies) and a 5 bedroom house means we produce a lot of rubbish. A lot of the time we only use one wheelie bin but sometimes we use the two.
Now we have our wheelie bins emptied once a fortnight and in the intervening week we have to make do with a little red box which holds 25% of what a wheelie bin does. We have boxes and bags of recycling all over the house because we can't leave the stuff in the box outside on account of it having no lid.
Now to the scam part of it ...
It costs money to empty wheelie bins and dispose of the rubbish. With recycling, the council receives washed and sorted recycling which it then sells. Sure, it doesn't pay for itself but our council tax is going up and up well over the rate of inflation while the cost of refuse collection is significantly reduced along with a reduction in the service we receive.
One of my mother-in-law's neighbours made three trips to the tip last week because he had so much rubbish lying around in the house. How can this be good for the environment? What about the risks of having rubbish lying around your house for up to two weeks?
This is a money-making scam poorly disguised as doing our bit for the environment. I don't mind recycling - in fact I am happy to recycle - but this should be provided as an additional service, not as a replacement for having your wheelie bins emptied.