The BBC reports here that:
More homes could soon see the end of weekly bin collections, after official research said there would be no hygiene problems if rubbish was well wrapped.
And it then proceeds to explain that – according to the government – it will be better for the environment if we have refuse collected fortnightly instead of weekly as it will mean less bin trucks on the road and more incentive to recycle.
Recycle what though? The things I put in my bin are the things I can’t recycle. That’s the point. I have a recycling bin. It’s for the things I want to – and am allowed to – recycle. The things I can’t recycle – food, plastic bags for some reason, bottle caps, etc. – go in the bin in my kitchen until it is collection day. Wednesdays, not that you care.
Under the new scheme I have to keep old food in my kitchen for up to two weeks – eurgh! – or place the bag outside the house for perhaps anything up to 13 days. Note that we’re not allowed to put things in bins outside; it’s bags only or the binmen won’t collect. So, upshot is – with summer approaching and global warming warming and warming – we’re soon to invite all manner of health problems around; maggots, flies, rats the size of turtles, homeless people away-day trips. And all for … what? The environment?
Don’t make me laugh. It’s to save money, of course. But whose? Council taxpayers? Hahahahahahaha … you fool. No, you can expect that council tax bill to keep going up or, at worst, freeze temporarily meaning you’re paying the same for less service. Wow! Where do I bend over again?
Now, on the same day (ooh, coincidence) as this claptrap we also hear this:
Homes across Britain are wasting a total of 3.3m tonnes of food a year, a report is expected to reveal.
The study, by the government’s waste body Wrap, will say households dump just under a third of all the food they buy, although half is inedible waste.
Aarghhhh! We’re wasting almost a third of the food we buy! Well, almost a third except for the half of the almost a third that it’s impossible to eat. So not really almost a third at all. Almost a sixth. It’s really not that difficult to work that one out.
[Professor Lang said] "A third of people are throwing away food that’s cooked and left on the plate. This is just ridiculous."
Professor Lang won’t let you have any dessert and you’re not leaving the table to watch TV until your plate is clear young man!
Wrap said it was becoming too easy to buy lots of food, and has called on supermarkets not to encourage consumers to buy too much.
Bread limited to one loaf per household per week! Reason number 387 to shop at Morrisons!
Yes, not sure I see that one working.