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You’ve probably become familiar with my grumbling about the amount of waste dumped around our countryside but for me the solution has always been so simple: have a decent enough deterrent in place that will prevent people from dumping their waste wherever they feel they won’t be caught doing it and make it easy and free of charge for households and businesses to dispose of their own waste responsibly. Drastically cut the opening hours and days that the civic amenity tips are open and start charging people for the rubbish they’re trying to dispose of responsibly, (who often have to queue in their vehicles for long periods to do so) and you have a recipe for disaster, as the past few years have shown.
The Great British Spring Clean, now in its seventh year, tells us that between 25th March and 10th April, ordinary people have collected almost half a million bags of litter from our streets, countryside and waterways. That’s a huge and commendable effort, but one which shouldn’t really have been needed, should it? And that’s just the small stuff which can be collected in a bin bag. What about the DIY and builders’ waste, white goods, furniture and other large and messy – and sometimes hazardous, items? Councils in England alone spent nearly £400 million dealing with fly-tipping last year and we’ve had to put up with the mess before it’s been cleared. It never made any sense to me…
I’m delighted to say that moves are finally afoot to bring our surroundings back to their once clean and unlittered glory. The Government has launched a consultation document on waste disposal and the proposals appear to have been well thought out. You can read it at:
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14th April 2022