Weasel words on Bin Bugs
The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the Government to give councils the power to introduce variable waste charging schemes.
Paul Bettison, chair of the LGA environment board, said people who do not recycle should be made to pay more as they are receiving an extra service."
No one would be happier than I if we paid our taxes just for the services we receive - there a huge raft of council services I don't use or want to pay for but that is not how the system works.
"He said: "We tried to persuade people that it is good to recycle. Now we are seeing that not everybody was persuaded and now we have got to really encourage them."
By "encourage" I think he means make them pay through the nose a second time for a service they already pay Council Tax for...
Asked about privacy concerns, he said that collecting general information about the amount of waste created by a community was not a "state or personal secret".
Of course he avoids the point here, the tags monitor the personal amount of waste that a household produces - which is personal data.
Peter Evans, of Kennet District Council, which includes Devizes, in Wiltshire, said the tags were mainly being used to settle disputes over bin ownership.
Asked about if people were told of their existence, he said: "A lot of people did not know. We did not broadcast that the information was there for the obvious reason that they might rip them off."
I think he means to say - we kept this secret because we knew the public wouldn't want them - well Peter, judging by the reaction I was hearing in Devizes this morning, most people think Kennet are a bunch of untrustworthy sneaky bastards now. Pleased with that?