Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Bin Tax gets the go ahead - What a load of rubbish.

pay as you throw
Local councils have been given the go ahead to TAX YOU MORE. Pilot schemes are to be introduced throughout the country which will allow your council to charge you for the amount of rubbish you generate. This could be seen as a tax on families because they are the ones who are generating the most waste (it's a matter of numbers). Also this will be another tax on the working members of our society. Will those who do not pay council tax pay for any extra waste they produce? I doubt it very much. So I think we can safely say that if you are working and married (or cohabiting) with kids then this is a tax aimed at you.

There is so much that could be done before resorting to taxing us into submission. Manufacturers could be forced to improve the way they package their produce, we could go back to using milk bottles, we could ban plastic bags in supermarkets, we could improve recycling facilities, we could better educate the population on what can and can't be recycled, if packaging is labelled as recyclable, it must be easily recyclable (a lot of items aren't), more energy from waste facilities need to be built (in accordance with the Kyoto protocol). The ways to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill are numerous and increasing our tax bill should be seen as a last resort. But of course taxing us is a no-brainer.


Colin Campbell said...

This is the wave of the future. Feel good eco taxes for waste management, recycling, carbon emission, water wasting and many others like it.

kate said...

This is another thing that winds me up, Most of my neighbours have only 2 people living in their homes i am the only one with a family, most of them also have 2 wages we only have one. I also notice that nothing has been said about reducing our council tax if we are paying for rubbish collections separately