The British government has given the go-ahead to English councils to implement a pay-as-you-throw rubbish tax.
An EU Directive means that unless we cut down on the amount of rubbish sent to landfill, the English taxpayer could end up with a £180m fine per year from Federal Europe. To try and avoid paying this again (we’re already paying huge fines to our masters in Brussels) the British government wants local authorities to tax residents in England on the amount of rubbish they produce.
I have a suggestion – TELL THE EU TO FUCK OFF!
Why should we pay any fines to Federal Europe? Our country, our money, our rubbish, our decision.
Council Tax isn’t going to go down as local authorities bring in the rubbish tax, it’ll be extra. People with large families or poor people will be the ones who suffer the most. I have four kids and we fill two large recycling boxes and then some every fortnight. We recycle at least one third of our household waste but we still fill two small wheely bins and one large wheely bin during the same period.
Instead of targetting consumers for throwing away too much rubbish, why not target the manufacturers of goods who insist on wrapping everything up in 2 or 3 layers of packaging? Unfortunately, the cheaper goods are, the more elaborate the packing tends to be to make it more attractive to the buyer.
Charging for the amount of rubbish produced is going to make fly-tipping a massive problem. Any potential profit the local authority might make from a pay-as-you-throw rubbish tax will be eaten up by the team of enforcement officers and street cleaners they’re gong to need to employ to deal with fly-tipping.