RECYCLING: I refuse to be lectured

PUBLISHED: 12:29 13 November 2008 | UPDATED: 08:43 02 June 2010

I SEE from last Friday s Wisbech Standard that our refuse vehicles are to be fitted with new in-cab technology and I would like to know exactly what this is intended to prove. In our own case (the Collier household that is) the green and brown bins wil

I SEE from last Friday's Wisbech Standard that our refuse vehicles are to be fitted with new "in-cab" technology and I would like to know exactly what this is intended to prove.

In our own case (the Collier household that is) the green and brown bins will go out on alternate weeks. This is largely because of the type of refuse that each contains. Both are, to a certain extent, liable to attract vermin and both are likely to smell.

The blue bin, however, is very often not likely to contain more than about a dozen plastic bottles and aluminium cans even after a fortnight has elapsed. Thus I have not tended to put this out perhaps for about a month or six weeks and at such a point as it has obtained a "reasonable payload".

What sense is there in emptying an almost empty bin? As far as I know neither plastic bottles nor aluminium cans feature much in the general diet of rats.

Now having told you all this I am more than a little offended that our local council should then assume the right to "educate" me about re-cycling.

If, as Councillor Harper says, the aim of this is not to penalise those who don't recycle correctly, then why should he assume he has the right to insult the intelligence of those who do.

Presumably the next directive will be to reprimand those who do not generate enough rubbish to re-cycle, or maybe we shall be ordered to collect all the rubbish we can find on a walk into town for the purpose of filling our under filled bins.

BARRY COLLIER

Money Bank

Wisbech


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