Graham wrote:Not a Veolia story.
I managed to get about 500 Kg of building rubble and debris into the local recycling centre using a cycle trailer. It was quite a trip, I can tell you . . .
[ Yeah, I'm lying. Quite a lot of trips actually. . . .. ]
Straight to the front of the ( occasional ) queue. After all I don't need one of the precious car-parking spaces. No problem.
But then reality struck as a charge was introduced for such "building" waste @ £5 per 30 ltr sack or equivalent.
[ During the public consultation I did suggest that material on bike trailers should be exempt from charges. But alas, Lip-service to environmentally-beneficial behavioural changes continues as before. ]
In general, it is good to charge the individual users for such waste rather than spreading the burden across all tax-payers. However, I will keep an eye of the unintended consequences : incidences of fly-tipping, by scumbags, likely to rise.
Around here one needs to be bold to use a cycle-trailer for such purposes. The only other eco-mentalist I have seen at the recycling was on a cargo-bike.
I like your eco-mentalist label
I also like your idea about concessions for waste brought by cycle. My cargo bike is far more efficient than the truck for queue jumping
Most people see it as great entertainment when I roll to the front of the 1/4 mile long line with a silly load. They don't hate cyclists. And my local council haven't banned cycles or walkers yet that I know of. It does make you think about your landfill contribution I agree.
As a gardener I have to take my trade waste elsewhere. It will Gaul you, but the rubble you pay to get rid of is crushed and resold as hardcore or cleanstone. The owner of the centre I use, flies around by helicopter. So he recycles 80% of the delivered waste, but then burns a hole in our Planet with his needless flamboyance. His workers have shocking toilet and accommodation facilities.
He's well liked by people who like his money. Lovely fellow