Monday, August 28, 2006

Chipped Bins to 'Promote' Recycling

Just read an article on the BBC about Chipped Bins to promote recycling.
This article describes a new 'pay as you throw' system would charge residents by having an RFID chip in your bin and a set of scales on the bin lorry. Each resident would then be charged depending on how much household waste they throw out.

The article quotes Mr Bettison, chairman of the LGA's environment board:

Some people say 'what's in it for me?' Well, let's make it in their interest to recycle by helping them. In that way, we're encouraging them to recycle more

Sounds to me more like blackmail - if you don't recycle we'll just charge you... If they were offering a discount in council tax then I might agree, but rates are extortionate enough without an added 'tax' like this.

Just to put the United Kingdom into perspective, my holiday home in Spain has it's bins empty every day and I pay for the 'basura' separately to my rates, it's a staggering 62 euros a year. Why is it so much more to empty the bins once a week over here??

I can see locking bin lids being the next best seller at B&Q!

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