Just came across this one – the Welsh Assembly are considering charging for the collection of household rubbish – apparently to encourage recycling.
Here’s a newsflash for you – I already pay the council for the collection of my household rubbish – it’s called council tax (yes, I know it also funds such things as the police, road maintenance, and schools, but as the roads are full of potholes and the schools aren’t exactly keeping the children locked up during the day, they’re obviously not where the money is going)
To the AM’s – the way to encourage recycling is simple – make it quick, make it easy, make it kerbside. I don’t want to have to lug the occasional glass bottle down to the disposal center (using far more fuel to do so than a doorstep collection would), and I don’t want to have to collect them for months before I have enough to make the trip worthwhile. Pick up stuff that can be recycled (including plastics) from the kerbside and you’ll find that people will recycle.