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Telegraph | News | Councils want to charge you for rubbish

Families should have to pay for the amount of rubbish they throw out, the Local Government Association said yesterday. It called on the Government to impose legislation to allow councils to penalise households that refuse to recycle and reward those that do.

The LGA, which represents more than 400 councils in England and Wales, warned that council tax bills could rise without urgent action to cut waste and increase recycling.

Councils that fail to meet recycling targets set under the EU landfill directive currently face penalties of up to £150 per ton of rubbish dumped into landfill sites.

All the usual suspects are gathering together like the four horsemen against the poor householder...

And even dodgy statistics come into it:

The warning came as the association named Britain "the dustbin of Europe", sending 27 million tons of rubbish to landfill every year, the equivalent of almost half a ton for every home in the country.

An area the size of Warwick, which covers 109 square miles, is currently taken up by landfill,

I will let you do the maths but 27 million tonnes spread over Warwick equals 100 kg per square meter (or 20lbs per square foot) - Waste in landfill weighs about 1.5 tonnes/ cubic metre so as long as they tip it a bit deeper than three inches it shouldn't take up so many square miles...

Comments

Good one and despite Warwickshire having some real scummy towns I do think it is a bit unfair to pick upon what is after all a reasonably nice county there is always wales as an alternative.

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