October 17, 2006

When Refuse Collection Turns Ugly

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/6058952.stm

The story I’ve linked to tells the tale of a man taken to court and fined £200 because he “contaminated” a recycling bag specifically for bottles and cans with a single piece of junk mail.

Refuse collection has turned nasty.

A similar thing happened to me last year, when I received a curt letter from the Council informing me that my bin bag had found its way on to the pavement and was causing an obstruction.

Clearly I hadn’t put it there, but the mob of Leamington Spa had decided to move it. I was told that if it happened again I would be taken to court.

Which is nice of them.

What’s particularly sad is that they only knew it was my bin bag because they specifically went through it to look for incriminating evidence. Sure enough there was a letter addressed to our flat.


It’s good to know that our council tax goes towards paying for little Hitlers to go around opening rubbish for evidence of crimes which they can then take you to court for.

I’m sure the cost of doing so is considerably more than the £200 that they raised from the gentleman above and innocent people of his ilk.


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  1. We had something similar in our house last year. Was awoken at the ungodly hour of 3pm to be told that we’d had complaints about our rubbish bags being in the way, and that they couldn’t be collected by the bin-men as someon had seen us putting them out at 11 in the morning. Which was odd since I’d put them out when I got home at 5am. Which I felt was well before the collection time.

    18 Oct 2006, 00:23

  2. All of these problems would be solved if you just moved to Sydenham. Random, rotting contents of our rubbish bags have been strewn outside the garages for a couple of months now and nobody has said a word. Its expected around here :P

    18 Oct 2006, 06:35

  3. My theory is that it’s Labour’s way of massaging the unemployment figures. Employ a load of drop-outs who would otherwise be slopping around on the dole to go and pick through people’s rubbish and the figures go down.

    18 Oct 2006, 08:19

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