I finally got fed up at looking at the old pile of scrap iron, so I swapped it for a grubby envelope with some money in. Strangely I didn't need the help of Kennet's Recycling Education Officer or the Waste Minimisation and Recycling Officer, maybe that is because the old iron has a real value, the stalwart members of the community who will start it on its journey to the smelter are happy, and will make something out of it, and I'm happy with some notes that smell of oil and grease rather then the more rarefied substances our city friends leave on their notes. I also note that gold and silver recycling contiues without help from our taxes.
The great Worstall has gone over this before, but I'm a bear of little brain so I need reassurance, subsidising recycling is wrong, isn't it? Our lords and masters are saying that they can value stuff, and allocate resources much better than the market. The market is saying that waste cardboard is valueless, because there is plenty of it around, the boys with the wide braces have checked and there is no point in storing it for when it runs out so they aren't running positions on it, but on the other side the council believes it should have a value so they set up a complicated internal market (much of it just to satisfy Central Gov's target) in the old rubbish. And every time they rig a market like this they are taking resources away from other uses. Correct?