Re: A sence of proportion
>Or they could put it out in a wheelie bin so that the dogs and birds don't
>pull it all over the neighbourhood. Some areas look like slums of the
>inhabitants own making. Someone has to draw the line as to what is
>acceptable and what is not and putting rubbish out in a way that will
>minimise inconvenience and 'environmental pollution' has a direct influence
>on the quality of life of all the locals. It is a pity if some sensitive
>souls take exception to this but maybe they should grow up or get up
Councils are increasingly tightening up on collection regimes. We are
now on fortnightly refuse collection and some areas are now issuing
smaller bins to small households. There is, believe it or not, a
black market in large bins! If you get your waste collected
fortnightly and you are away for a long weekend, it's very tempting to
put your bin out a few days early before you leave.
It's all going full circle. Waste collections are subcontracted to
commercial operators who allow their crews to determine their own
hours. They can forego breaks etc to finish earlier. This has lead
to instances of crews starting work at stupid o'clock so they can
finish late morning and go off to second jobs. Several councils are
using or evaluating GPS to police this, with start times limited to
7am or thereabouts. It also allows them to ban crews from major
routes during rush-hour and resolve complaints.
One of the problems now is of 'assisted collections'. If you are
disabled you can get the council to instruct the crew to collect your
bin from inside the garden or even from inside your house. As
collections get earlier more people register for this. Rounds take
longer, crews start earlier and earlier etc etc etc....
Technology will ultimately allow billing by weight, and my company is
involved in a few small scale trials of different methods. It will be
possible to have flexible collections on a 'pay as you go' basis.
Credit for recyclables and debit for waste. The unresolved problem is
'theft' of waste between neighbours.