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Now, you see, I suspect, you suspect the whole lot is dumped in a giant skip and then dumped in the sea! Very cynical!
To be frank, I have no clue, so I looked it up.
Switzerland banned land fill disposal in 2000 and use high tech waste incineration. Controversial! Some say this is good, others that it is bad. There probably is an optimal way to do it and the swiss would certainly have investigated and spared no expense.
I have lived in Switzerland for nearly 20 years. I hate the swiss. Anally retentive, legalistic b*st*tds. But they are obsessed with cleanliness and they are constantly improving the infrastructure. The roads are like glass. I come to the UK and I can’t believe my eyes or the damage to my suspension. I was going to retire in the uk, but reading the Indy is giving me second thoughts.
We have virtually no plastic recycling plants in the UK. The government is doing nothing to address this. Banning single use plastic straws is about the most insignicant improvement possible. 0.000001 % of the billions of tons of plastic waste being created every year in the UK.
The uk exports “burnable waste” to Denmark who produce warm water, transported directly to households. The smoke is filtered and is 100% neutral and they produce fertilisers with the cindered waste. This is complimented with bio-stations and wind-turbines. These are run via the local council and of course the customer foots the bill for an environmental investment. As there are no big fat cats at end of the pipeline, we enjoy heating and warm water at a very reasonable price. Electricity companies are owned by regional co-ops with elections every four years with us the customers sitting on the board.
What a lazy, irresponsible and quite disgusting country we are becoming. What do they say??.. ‘A fish rots from the head’. This government encourages the freeloaders, the scam merchants, the fraudsters, the exploiters & the con artists in the name of the free market. Who needs regulation eh? It’s embarrassing.
Good for Poland! Wouldn’t surprise me if we now try the same thing with African countries.
So long as irresponsible countries can off load their rubbish on others, no long-term, sustainable solution will be sought. I live in Switzerland where recycling is an art form, everything is segregated and taken to well organised centres, of which there are many. I come to the uk and I am appalled to see what a shambles it all is.
Then there are the fly tippers! I would reintroduce the death penalty for fly tippers and people who throw things out of their car windows. To me there is no greater sacrilege than despoiling the earth. If you can’t respect your environment, what can you respect? Such things used to be taught in schools. There were public information films telling people not to p*ss in rivers, things like that. They were hilariously naff, but the message got across. This country has been going to the dogs for years. Now we have arrived at the dogs and it’s not a pretty sight. GW: Agree. One thing I have always hated is the British predilection for despoiling their environment by throwing rubbish on the streets & out of car windows.
In the words of the immortal Goons “Yes, but it’s British Rubbish”.
Good for Poland. Rubbish created in a country should be dealt with in that country. Plastic drinks bottles are easy to ban. Anything less than five litres should be in glass or aluminium. What is more difficult is all the other stuff from yoghurt pots to hair shampoo. But if it is piling up in UK then perhaps Mrs May can attend to it rather than choosing her next pair of fine pumps. GW: Mrs May & the ToriCons are just more of the same unfortunately!
No one cares, out of site out of mind, there is a VERY similar article to this in the Telegraph in 2007 which is 11 years ago: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/earthnews/3298540/Waste-being-sent-abroad-marked-as-recycling.html
In Germany glass and plastic bottles, cans buy back in stores Netto, Aldi, Lidl and payable to customers. This is a good example for England to clear streets from a plastic bottle and a cans. Swale Council (KENT) collects waste once in 2 weeks, 1 week – glass, paper and plastic, 2nd week – general waste. Summer time all Sittingbourne always smearing like big bin.
Sadly, this is not Germany. People here throw anything, anywhere, with complete disregard to other human beings. You can’t expect them to bring their empty bottles back to the shop when they can’t even take their rubbish with them when leaving a bus… But yeah, I fully agree with the German “Pfand” system. GW: And most new arrivals copy the habits of the Brits so it just gets worse & worse.
To get anything close we will need a public consultation taking two years, consult with industry will be another two or three. Adapt systems for the UK market, another couple of years. Draw up legislation. The White Paper(s) will be another three. Actually getting it past the fat-cat wreckers in Parliament will be a miracle, and it will have every escape clause ever dreamed of. So let’s be optimistic and say about 2040 before we come anywhere close to what a civilised country manages in a year or two.
GW: So the firms we pay to recycle our waste are just shipping it round the world, loading it on boats and releasing it in the oceans. The scamming continues unabated.