Another rubbish idea

This (and also here). Has anyone actually weighed up (sorry) whether all this recycling makes any kind of economic or environmental sense? Or is it just largely meaningless ritual activity? Meanwhile:

Mr Bettison, chairman of the LGA’s environment board, said charging to collect non-recyclable rubbish would give people ” a real carrot to recycle”.

Sigh. That’s a stick, not a carrot, you illiterate. I guess abuse of language must be built into some people’s job descriptions.

A people may prefer a free government, but if by momentary discouragement or temporary panic, or a fit of enthusiasm for an individual, they can be induced to lay their liberties at the feet of even a great man, or trust him with powers to subvert their institutions, in all these cases they are unfit for liberty.
John Stuart Mill

3 Responses to “Another rubbish idea”

  1. Bishop Hill Says:

    I’m sure I read somewhere that you know that it doesn’t make economic sense because nobody is actually willing to pay you for the stuff that gets recycled.

    Interesting link here.

  2. Flotsam Says:

    On a related note: I heard a local gov bod on a recent Simon Mayo programme saying that someone finally worked out that it’s cheaper to offer free collection of builder’s rubbish than it is to clear up after fly tippers. Why do these things always take to long to become apparent? I guess we get the local gov that we deserve and vote for.

  3. Pete Says:

    Most of us got the government other people deserved and voted for…

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