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cab

Where recycling pays

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"Having no incentive to reduce waste is poisonous to your aims. We have a separate, visible fee that is intentionally not embedded within a local tax."



http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/mar/18/recycling-waste
onemanband

Sounds like the Germans have got it right.
Two of the things that annoy me about uk refuse/recycling are;

1. Financial incentives to produce recyclables. I don't purchase bottles of 'pop' so therefore I don't have any to recycle - I should get a reward from council not the person filling a recycling box every week.

2 Household waste sites. As a commercial operator I pay over 120/ton to dispose of landfill waste. I appreciate councils probably have lower disposal charges but what with landfill tax I guess they (out of my/your taxes) still pay at least 80-100 a ton. So when somebody does multiple trips to a household waste site with their old kitchen/bathroom/settee etc instead of paying for a skip its your tax that pays for somebody elses consumerism. If you can afford a new kitchen/bathroom/settee then you can afford a skip.

Not very popular but we need to adopt 'pay as you go' which essentially is what the Germans are doing.
Katieowl

From Cab's linky:

"The citizens of Neustadt an der Weinstrasse take their recycling very seriously. So much so that there is even a collection point at the recycling depot for dead animals.

"People bring their dead dogs here," says Stefan Weiss, one of the town's waste managers, as he steps into a refrigerated shed and opens the lid on a wheelie bin containing a deer's head recently deposited by a local hunter.

"All these animals get rendered down at a nearby facility for their fat. It then gets used to produce things like this." Weiss pulls a tube of lip balm from his pocket"

GAG!!!! puke_r

Kate
onemanband

ok they might not have got the dead animals bit quite right,
Hairyloon

What they don't tell us is how they combat fly-tippng, which is what we'd get here if we introduced pay per throw.
onemanband

I haven't got an answer to fly-tipping except better education of the public about licensed waste carriers.
Anybody transporting or collecting waste should have a waste carriers licence and should issue a transfer note with the waste details on.
If you pay somebody without a licence to dispose of waste and they have no licence then they will not be allowed into a legitimate waste transfer facility therefore there is a high possibility they are fly tipping.
onemanband

Wasn't it rendering of dead animals that started BSE ?
Behemoth



"All these animals get rendered down at a nearby facility for their fat. It then gets used to produce things like this." Weiss pulls a tube of lip balm from his pocket"

GAG!!!! puke_r

Kate


It's not so long ago, when we had a woolen industry, that lanolin was extracted from sewage and sold to the cosmetics industry.
RichardW

Wasn't it rendering of dead animals that started BSE ?


I thought it was only when you feed vegetarian animals meat products.

I dont see an issue with using the animals as they are dead but are still a valued resource. Just like using the dead people's energy from cremation to heat the local buildings. We waste far to much. Either we stop wasting or we run out sooner.
Nick

There may be flytipping in Germany, but I doubt its much. All the Germans I know are proud of their country and would be horrified about littering and fly tipping. They suggest its because they all did National Service, driving ambulances, hospital portering, etc. They helped make Germany a good place to be and they want to keep it that way. Katieowl



[I dont see an issue with using the animals as they are dead but are still a valued resource. Just like using the dead people's energy from cremation to heat the local buildings. We waste far to much. Either we stop wasting or we run out sooner.

They can use them to heat swimming pools - No problem at all...I'd just rather not be rubbing them on my lips! Laughing

Kate
Chez

There may be flytipping in Germany, but I doubt its much. All the Germans I know are proud of their country and would be horrified about littering and fly tipping. They suggest its because they all did National Service, driving ambulances, hospital portering, etc. They helped make Germany a good place to be and they want to keep it that way.

Do you think that would help, here? I like the idea.
onemanband

Yes national service would combat fly-tipping here.
Human rights, political correctness and health and safety would prevent any national service involving the military, the old, the young, anything mechanical etc .
All that would be left for national service would be litter picking so it might work.
Hairyloon

I haven't got an answer to fly-tipping except better education of the public about licensed waste carriers.
A bit of action and initiative from the Environment Agency would not go amiss.
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Anybody transporting or collecting waste should have a waste carriers licence and should issue a transfer note with the waste details on.

They do not have to issue a transfer note for domestic waste. They should have to, but it seems we would need a change in the law to make that happen.
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If you pay somebody without a licence to dispose of waste and they have no licence then they will not be allowed into a legitimate waste transfer facility therefore there is a high possibility they are fly tipping.

Of course if they do have a license, then that does not stop them fly tipping to avoid the fees at the waste facility. Confused
Nick

Yes national service would combat fly-tipping here.
Human rights, political correctness and health and safety would prevent any national service involving the military, the old, the young, anything mechanical etc .
All that would be left for national service would be litter picking so it might work.

Doesn't seem to be the case across Europe. I'm not sure there are front line soldiers doing National Service within the EU, but certainly support staff are there.

Would it work? I'm guessing what it does is give people a stake and pride in their country. Do many 17 year olds have that here, now? And by pride, I mean a love and feeling for the place and the other people in it, to look after it, and make it better, not just the ability to throw on a St George's flag T shirt and moan about Polish people.
paul1963

Yes national service would combat fly-tipping here.
Human rights, political correctness and health and safety would prevent any national service involving the military, the old, the young, anything mechanical etc .
All that would be left for national service would be litter picking so it might work.

Doesn't seem to be the case across Europe. I'm not sure there are front line soldiers doing National Service within the EU, but certainly support staff are there.

Would it work? I'm guessing what it does is give people a stake and pride in their country. Do many 17 year olds have that here, now? And by pride, I mean a love and feeling for the place and the other people in it, to look after it, and make it better, not just the ability to throw on a St George's flag T shirt and moan about Polish people.

It might also instill a sense of discipline, which IMO would not be a bad thing. Also we have record numbers of unemployed young people who may benefit from being wanted by society rather than dismissed as many seem to be today.
onemanband

I haven't got an answer to fly-tipping except better education of the public about licensed waste carriers.
A bit of action and initiative from the Environment Agency would not go amiss.
Quote:
Anybody transporting or collecting waste should have a waste carriers licence and should issue a transfer note with the waste details on.

They do not have to issue a transfer note for domestic waste. They should have to, but it seems we would need a change in the law to make that happen.
Quote:
If you pay somebody without a licence to dispose of waste and they have no licence then they will not be allowed into a legitimate waste transfer facility therefore there is a high possibility they are fly tipping.

Of course if they do have a license, then that does not stop them fly tipping to avoid the fees at the waste facility. Confused
As I see it you do not need a licence to transport your own domestic waste but if you pay somebody to clear your domestic waste then you have an obligation to check they are licensed. Anybody transporting waste as part of a business needs a licence even if you transport rubbish from one job to a skip on another.
Yes having a licence doesn't stop you fly tipping but if every householder checked licences then those people with previous convictions(and no licence) would find it harder to illegelly collect waste.
If your waste ends up in a field and is traced to you then without a transfer note you cannot prove it wasn't you that fly tipped. Saying you paid some bloke that knocked on door is not an excuse as everybody now has a legal obligation to ensure their waste is properly disposed of- the householder can also be fined.
Its not a fool proof system . If a trader is stopped by the police and has no licence for waste he is carrying then he can't be done for fly tipping as no crime is yet commited. However he could be done for having no licence and will then be flagged as a potential fly tipper.

I think anybody caught fly tipping with the aid of a vehicle should recieve a driving ban and/or vehicle confiscated
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