Where’s There’s Muck There’s Money

One of the consequences of Brexit over the past three years is the governments abandonment of ongoing national issues. For the past three years and nothing seems to be coming out of Westminster. The most visual signs throughout the country being the grotesque level of fly tipping rubbish.

The situation is potentially being exacerbated by councils charging for the disposal or collection of household waste. This has tempted the less socially minded members of the population to dispose of their rubbish in other ways. It has also seen the growth of organised disposable operations led by illegal gangs who have dumped truckloads in the highways and byways of the UK.

In the defence of councils their central funding has been seriously reduced over the years requiring councils to impose waste charges which have done the opposite to resolve the problem. Some councils seem to have applied inverse logic to the problem. Restrictions on the shape, size and content have resulted in alternative disposal plans.

One council have restricted the disposal of waste engine oil to one litre per resident per six months. The collection tank was too small and they needed to be “fair to all residents”. As the average car engine has an oil capacity of five litres this would require the diligent resident to make five trips over two and half years. Ironically waste oil has a residual value. It can be sold for reprocessing or use as a low grade heating oil in industry; both a source of additional income whilst saving the countryside from being used as a vast alternative land fill site. All that is needed is an entrepreneurial approach by councils.

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