My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Friday, March 27, 2009

The bin police in the UK get picky...

Oh, they won't just take anything you throw out....
After a day's hard graft in the garden Karen Kelly tidied away.

It seemed easy enough. After all, she had been given a bin specifically for her garden waste.

On top of the discarded shrubs she placed two tiny squares of turf she'd removed from the lawn and closed the lid.

But what appeared to be the simplest of tasks ended in farce after local bin police refused to take it away - because it contained soil from the turf.

They insisted that her bin had, as a result, been contaminated.

The 46-year-old divorced secretary from Yeovil, Somerset, pays £25 a year for the special fortnightly collection.

Run on behalf of her local council the mother-of-two and keen gardener thought it was a good idea at first.

But when Somerset Waste Partnership refused to take her bin because of the 'contamination' she was appalled.

They told her to put the turf and soil in an ordinary black domestic bin ready for landfill.

Only then would they return and clear her garden bin.

Last night, Miss Kelly said: 'This is ridiculous. Soil is garden waste at the end of the day. At least, I always thought of it as part of garden waste. Yet they said soil cannot be composted and had contaminated the rest of the waste.'


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are fast becoming one of my favorite bloggers!

And on this story, we just shake our heads at where we are heading.

Thanks for pointing out once again how ridiculous our governments have become on some issues.

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the past year I have been trolling the blogs from the U.K. looking for this type of item, and rest assured this is just a minor inconvenience for this woman.
Local municipalities in many parts of the country have set up a system of bin inspectors to check on discarded materials to ensure they are properly separated. Many of these people, it seems, are people much like Onslo on the British TV series 'Keeping Up Appearances'. These are people who spend most of their lives living on the dole while complaining that it's everyone's fault but their own. The various councils felt they could kill two birds with one stone by hiring these slugs since it provide some form of oversight as well as helping reduce the municipal welfare costs.
The only problem is that many of those hired saw this as a chance to get even with society as well as with neighbours they felt were against them. People's lives have been turned into fodder for horror stories as the rogue inspectors cited them for every minor infraction. No leniency was given and some people have spend a small fortune in time lost from work as they defended themselves in court not to mention the fines that were levied against them.
This entire scheme is reminiscent of the 'political block monitors' that were so prevalent in the Soviet Union, China, and the other communist countries.
The "greenies", of course, love it since it helps bring down the middle class workers that they so despise.

7:12 PM  
Blogger Nonny-Mouse said...

Actually, there is a good reason for not allowing sod and earth in a green recycling program. Let see if Fred can figure it out.

10:05 AM  

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