Tuesday, 8 June 2010

REDUCE, REUSE, ... recycle!

So the coalition government is going to scrap Labour's proposed tax on landfill rubbish in favour of credits for recycling.

Apart from my regret that people should need to be bribed to recycle, as opposed to considering it their civic duty to do so, I am not persuaded that encouraging the purchase of (over)packaged goods, in the anticipation of being rewarded for throwing most of it away, is a step in the right direction. They obviously haven't realised that we should be 'reducing' and 'reusing' first.

Perhaps I should write to Mr Pickles and remind him of this?


sooz said...

Hi Gai!
Thanks for following my blog, I thought I'd come and check yours out too!

I completely agree with this! How silly! An article in our local newspaper suggested that the 'rewards' would be vouchers for use of leisure facilities or shopping. Leisure facilities seem to be a good idea to me, but shopping vouchers will probably be for big nationwide superstores (not nice little local businesses) and will probably be used to buy more products in packaging that needs recycling or products that eventually end up in landfill! Gahh!

Sorry, my first visit and I've already had a rant! :D

just Gai said...

Worry not Sooz. I'm partial to the odd rant myself.