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Greens blighting communities

There was an interesting report on the Sky website yesterday about recycling firms who are going out of business, leaving piles of festering waste for others to clear up.

More than 60 rotting waste piles are blighting communities in areas including Wiltshire, Kent, the West Midlands, Yorkshire and Fife.

The Environment Agency said in 2014-2015 it was dealing with 50 abandoned sites in England, 10 of which contain more than 5,000 tons.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency said it was handling the clearance of another 14 sites of varying sizes.

All follow the same pattern of recycling firms starting-up business on private land then going into liquidation and leaving the waste mounds for landowners or the authorities to clean up at a cost millions of pounds.

Insolvency on that scale looks more like design than accident. When you set this against what we already know about recycling plants - the daily fires and the stories of fraud that already blight the "industry", the sheer scale of the corruption that environmental policy is supporting becomes clear.

It's hard to credit the idea that anyone would think that mandatory recycling was a good idea. But the gentlemen pictured above apparently do.



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@Salopian, Feb 10, 2016 at 11:42 PM

Pcar, 11.02

Well said, the 'bag tax' has been in force in Wales for several years now. Most supermarkets and retail outlets here keep stacks of boxes that their stock arrived in by the checkouts, and offer you the choice using them instead of paying for a bag.

Thanks :)

Bag tax implementation at self-checkout changed in local Tesco (I doubt restricted to this store only) a week or so before Christmas. Bags are now back on the bag holders. Thus, it is now an honesty "green believer" tax.

Don't believe your bin liners are a problem? Hit the "0" for bags used.

Very sensible policy from Tesco which I loudly applaud.

Feb 11, 2016 at 11:22 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

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