A friend sent me this article in the International Herald Tribune on how someone got fined for not closing his bin, setting off a bit of a local protest. Somehow every day we're finding new happenings with green living. Just the other day there was a local competition to see who the "greenest" person was. Anyway, I think it seems good and all to encourage efforts like recycling and sometimes you need to give people a push, but found some of the things said in this article was pretty amusing, perhaps not in a good way.
"Many now collect trash every other week, instead of every week. They limit the amount of a household's garbage and refuse to pick up more. They require that garbage be put out only at specific times; reject whole boxes of recyclables that contain the odd nonrecyclable item; and employ enforcement officers who issue warnings and impose fines for failure to comply."
The behaviour it begets (sow good neighborly relations at the same time!):
"As regulations get more stringent and enforcement more robust, there have been reports across the country of incensed residents shouting and throwing trash at garbage collectors, illegally dumping and burning excess garbage and even surreptitiously tossing trash in neighbors' garbage cans or stealing those cans.
"It's like something out of 'Mad Max,"' Paul Nicholls, a resident of Cannock, near Birmingham, told The Guardian newspaper recently, describing the free-for-all in his town at garbage-collection time. "Every man for himself, scavenging for an extra bin.""
What you have to do to throw away your garbage (get fit at the same time):
"My bin's always full," said a 62-year-old Whitehaven resident, who says that he can get five bags in there if he jumps on them vigorously enough."
The possible future (big brother style):
"Under one plan, people's garbage cans would be fitted with microchips, enabling local councils to record the weight or volume of garbage per household."