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Recycling – the good, the bad and the ugly

Keith Parkins | 07.02.2007 15:52 | Health | Repression | Social Struggles

In the Rotten Bororough of Rushmoor, New-Labour sycophant Keith Dibble has launched a vicious attack on fellow councillor Peter Sandy for daring to criticise crass council policies on recycling and for raising the legitimate concerns of the local community.

In the Rotten Bororough of Rushmoor, an unholy alliance has been formed between New-Labour sycophant Keith Dibble and the far-Right Tories who control the council.

The attack on Peter Sandy by Keith Dibble, as reported in the local press, is seen as puerile, childish and pathetic. [Aldershot Mail, 6 February 2007]

Councillors have two important roles, careful scrutiny of what officials put before them and representing the views of their constituents.

Unlike either Peter Sandy or David Clifford, it would seem that Dibble is incapable of either.

Were Dibble to be out and about, he might actually know what is going in.

Recycling is being used by the council as an excuse to cut services. If Dibble cannot see that, then he is not fit to be a councillor, as he is not doing his job properly.

Fortnightly collection of refuse has problems of smells, flies, maggots and rats.

The World Health Organisation has warned that in a temperate climate such as England, on health grounds alone, refuse should be collected weekly.

We are no longer experiencing a temperature climate, in case Dibble has not noticed, it is getting warmer. The last ten years have been the hottest on record. With hot dry summers, warm wet winters, we are starting to experience a Mediterranean climate.

National Pest Technicians Association has warned of an increase in rats. According to their latest survey, we have experienced a 69% increase in rats. NPTA attribute this to councils reducing their waste collection service to fortnightly and fast food takeaways, as promoted by Gerald Howarth MP, Member for Aldershot.

Apart from a handful of councillors of the mindset of Dibble, there is not a single person in Aldershot or Farnborough who is in favour of a reduction in refuse collection. Indeed, people are extremely angry that at a time when they see their council tax rising year on year above inflation, they are seeing a cut in services.

If you want to know what the public want, you ask them. A novel idea in the Rotten Borough of Rushmoor. It is not necessary to conduct a six month so-called experiment to learn whether or not we wish to see a reduction in refuse collection service from weekly to fortnightly.

In the same newspaper report, Roland Dibbs, the councillor responsible for the cut in services, mentions poorly performing councils. He needs to look no further than his own performance. Rushmoor is down there with the worst performing councils. The abysmal levels of recycling in Rushmoor differ by only a few percentage points from the worst performing councils in the country.

The target set by Rushmoor of 40% by 2010, is equally abysmal.

A common factor among all the badly performing councils, Tower Hamlets, Nottingham and Rushmoor, is the arrogant contempt councillors and officials have for the public.

Letters to Dibbs from concerned residents, have been ignored. Letters to David Quirk, official responsible for the crass policy, get an arrogant reply. Residents in the ward of Dibble ask why he is not talking to them about these policies and listening to their concerns.

Contrast the performance of Rushmoor with North Kesteven which as the best performing council in the country achieves a 51.5% recycling rate.

We would all like to see an improvement in the pathetic recycling rates achieved by this and other useless councils. You achieve a better performance by working with the public and listening to what they have to say, by having a simple system, by providing clear instructions as to what goes in each bin.

All of which is done in North Kesteven, which is may be why they achieve a 51.5% recycling rate and Rushmoor does not.

Instead of attending council brainwashing sessions to reinforce the group mindset, Peter Sandy has taken the trouble with the help of local residents to properly research the subject, to get out and about and talk with local people. Something neither Dibble nor Dibbs have troubled to do, which no doubt explains their vicious attacks on Peter Sandy.

Far from being irresponsible, Peter Sandy has highlighted the legitimate concerns of the local community and has properly srcutinised a crass policy which has been found wanting. In that, he is doing his job as a councillor, which is more than either Dibble or Dibbs are doing.

In attacking Peter Sandy, who is simply highlighting the concerns of the local community, Dibble is in reality attacking the local community. Something that will not be forgotten should he stand for reelection.

web

 http://www.letsrecycle.com/info/localauth/league/2005ranked.jsp
 http://www.thetruthinrushmoor.co.uk/
 http://www.n-kesteven.gov.uk/
 http://www.npta.org.uk/

References

Jon Beresford, Nottingham City Council Recycling .. .... Bottom of the Class again!, Indymedia Nottingham, 3 January 2007
 http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/nottinghamshire/2007/01/359240.html

Kate Evans, Funny Weather, Myriad Editions, 2006
 http://www.heureka.clara.net/books/funny-weather.htm

Labour Party juggles with recycling rate in run up to local election, Indymedia UK, 31 January 2007
 http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2007/01/361220.html

Marcus Mabberley, Councillors ally to fight bin scheme, Farnborough Mail, 30 January 2007

Marcus Mabberley, 'Councillor's bin campaign is reckless', Aldershot Mail, 6 February 2007

James Newall, New life as hangover hill gets massive makeover, Lincolnshire Echo, 30 December 2006
 http://www.thisislincolnshire.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=156153&command=displayContent&sourceNode=156136&contentPK=16292008&moduleName=InternalSearch&formname=filtersearch

NPTA National Rodent Survey Report 2006, NPTA, January 2007
 http://www.npta.org.uk/assets/documents/RodentReportJan07.pdf

Keith Parkins, Curitiba – Designing a sustainable city, April 2006
 http://www.heureka.clara.net/gaia/curitiba.htm

Keith Parkins, Alternate Bin Collections, Indymedia UK, 13 November 2006
 http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2006/11/355923.html?c=on

Keith Parkins, It's just rubbish, letters, Surrey-Hants Star, 16 November 2006

Keith Parkins, Rushmoor fortnightly bin collection, Indymedia UK, 17 November 2006
 http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2006/11/356166.html?c=on

Keith Parkins, Fortnightly collection of bins has nothing to do with recycling, letters, Farnborough News, 1 December 2006

Keith Parkins, A load of rubbish, Indymedia UK, 12 December 2006
 http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2006/12/358225.html

Keith Parkins, Failing councils are creating gravy trains for consultants, Indymedia UK, 12 December 2006
 http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2006/12/358589.html

Keith Parkins, Recycling – a tale of two councils, Indymedia UK, 5 January 2007
 http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2007/01/359341.html?c=on

Keith Parkins, Fortnightly rubbish collection creating a plague of rats, Indymedia UK, 8 January 2007
 http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2007/01/359493.html

Keith Parkins, MP promotes junk food, Indymedia UK, 17 January 2007
 http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2007/01/360187.html?c=on

Keith Parkins, MP yet again pictured promoting McDonald's, Indymedia UK, 19 January 2007
 http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2007/01/360389.html?c=on

Keith Parkins
- Homepage: http://www.heureka.clara.net/surrey-hants/

Comments

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bigger bins & plastic bags?

07.02.2007 21:10

Good points on climate & waste,its sound like something does need doing.Agreed Politicians are mostly never to be trusted & tax is usually a nightmare upon poor people to the benefit of corporate gravy trains with fat cat offshore accounts.

I live in Carrington which now has similar recycling scheme to Rushclifee, this is great & I have not seen any problems besides one house in hundreds that the lanlord has over stuffed.
I have organised a lot of recycling work in the last ten years at Alcan,mcintyres, large warehouse parties for 1000's people & community centres. For househoulds over 3/4 people bigger bins should be provided, taller bins could be used that would fit onto existing grippers on back of bin lorries.
Ive rarely had a overflowing bin & I share mine with flatmate above although he has been very sick & when I was out he didnt put bin out has been the only main problem.

I would say that if people follow simple rules waste can be kept down quite easily, rats v.rarely get in bins, foxes rarely unless waste is dumped.

A thin film of plastic can do wonders,
besides allowing people to have more sex without worries, it stops maggots & smells as well. Twice the bin lorries driving about with around 4litre engines all day at low revs is, is not good for afew overfull bins

hope this helps towards solving any probs in Rushclifee as someone who has worked on a industrial scale in recycyling.

Joni


Incinerator info,Rushcliffe & Carrington are in robin Hood County

07.02.2007 22:19

Carrington is part of the Nottingham City District, Rushcliffe another distric of nottingham that overall has a good recycling policy.


A point to all incinerator campains,
WRG's Eastcroft incinerator in nottingham like most household incinerators is designed to burn low calorie waste.
Some people think adding alot of wood & paper or anything of a high calorie is good as it creates non toxic fuel. But in low calorie incinerators this overheats them & burns away the lime filter sytems creating breaches.
Toxins from the plastic & mixed household waste are then released when a breach occurs, not that this bothers the real villians beyond the politic pawns like billionaire Mr Guy "dirty" Hands, the owner of Terra Firma & WRG.

I have spoken to incinerator workers & specialists most incinerators about this & questioned the council,plus environment agency, only to receive evasive answers. As short term corporate financial profit is most incinerators objective & whilst fines etc are lax, this is an issue not yet addressed

heres to the day when incinerator chimneys are made into windmills & toxins arent used to make energy,

Joni Mason
Sherwood Engineering & Metal Basher Nottingham

joni


Recycling in the Rotten Borough of Rushmoor goes from bad to worse

09.02.2007 16:43

The Rotten Borough of Rushmoor is one of the worst performing councils in the country on recycling. And it goes from bad to worse. Council officials have now been forced to admit they have failed to meet their own targets on green waste recycling.

 http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2007/02/361842.html

Keith
- Homepage: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2007/02/361842.html


a reference for the WHO citation?

09.02.2007 23:51

I'm wondering if you have a ref for the WHO recommendations you appear to refer to. I'm asking because I don't believe it actually - but happy to read the docs you direct me to.

On the main point of the article: obviously cuts in srevices under the guise of this that or the other is a bad thing, however, i can't say i've had any trouble with my fortnightly rubbish collection. (but then again thats maybe cos i've got the luxury of a garden, and my "smelly" organic matter stays around more than two weeks before its moved - that is it is composted. But, as another poster said - its in a container, and therefore doesn't really smell, foxes etc don't get in etc etc...)

We all just need to produce less waste. That's the way it is for any chance of an equitable world.

curious


WHO...

25.02.2007 16:48

I'd also like to see the WHO stuff. I doubt it exists and has been invented.

also curious


GET A LIFE

01.03.2007 15:29

Keith if you crawl up sandys ar.. any more we wont see you

TerryH


Oxford Council

06.03.2007 10:44

We have a useless led council in Oxford City who have introduced fortnightly refuse collections. Now they intend to fine residents who dare to leave side waste out for collection. They have turned Oxford into a wheelie bin nightmare, pretty streets now ruined with bins and boxes.All the experts advice has been ignored and we dread the summer.

Eric Murray
mail e-mail: Oxfordweeklywaste@yahoo.co.uk
- Homepage: http://WWW.CROW.UK.COM


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