In Which The Friends of the Earth Acknowledge Worstall is Correct
BBC News - 'People are being given too many recycling bins'
Councils are asking householders to sort their rubbish into as many as nine bins to boost recycling, a survey suggests.
On average, the Taxpayers' Alliance pressure group found councils expected residents to sort their household waste into four bins, bags and caddies.
Friends of the Earth's waste campaigner, Julian Kirby, said recycling was hugely popular, with over 80% of households satisfied with their waste and recycling service.
"While some people are frustrated by complicated sorting systems, the Taxpayers' Alliance are missing the point - we don't need lots of bins to have a good recycling service," he said.
"In the simplest, cheapest and most effective services, the binmen sort recyclables from one or two bins into multi-compartment trucks so householders don't have to."
I don't think the TPA is missing the point, it is pointing out that the complicated systems are unhelpful and unwanted.
There is a pressure group of recyclers who push for the public to do their sorting job for free, there are greens who see the toil as a daily obligation to the Goddess Gaia but an ancient economic sage revealed the truth of the costs of sorting and so no one sensible now believes in home sorting.
It may take some time for councils to catch on though.