A great little tale this. It actually happened a couple of months back but I have only just got around to posting.
My 75 year old aunt lives near to Manningtree Essex. Bradfield to be precise. Now her bungalow is only a 5 minute drive from civilization ie Manningtree but it is still very rural. Her local council is Tendring and her waste collection is handled by Veolia. So far so good.
She does not get provided with your usual wheelie bin but has to leave her rubbish out in ordinary bin liners. Again so far so good.
Unfortunately they cannot collect her green re-cyclable waste and suggest that she places it in paper sacks and takes it to the re-cycling centre. She explains that she does not drive.
They then offer to sell her the paper sacks and pick up her green waste for £20!
She asks what will happen to it. Will it be recycled per la waste re-cycling centre? ‘NO’ reply the council. It will apparently go to landfill with the normal rubbish?
“So why can’t she just put it in with her other rubbish?” she replies.
“Because you are not allowed to put green waste in with the normal rubbish.” reply the council.
My aunt is dumbfounded. I am amused at the typical mentality of British petty officialdom once again.