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The bin police strike again

As may have been noticed, I get a bit fired up about the bin police. Here's another jaw dropper from the BBC's site

"They can be fined, on the spot, £110 just for putting their black bin bag out on the wrong day and we've increased the maximum fine for serious fly-tipping to £50,000 so there's some pretty stiff penalties out there."

Alternatively, commit a breach of the peace and the maximum fine is £10 less...

A mate of mine with hard left tendencies (he'd like a national maximum wage...) was moaning about Bromley's bin collection service yesterday and was fantasising about a UDI from the council and dealing with his own rubbish.Time for a quick anecdote - during a bin collectors' strike in NYC some years back, a popular solution was to gift wrap rubbish and leave it in an unlocked car.


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Blogger phone cam foolery said... 11:56 am

Here's an anecdote from me, like you I live in London, and around here if you have an electrical item that you no longer require you leave it on your garden wall and next morning it is gone.
I once left a fridge out over night and woke up at 3 am to see a sikh in a 3 piece suit wheeling it away on a trolley, anyway, last year I stuck a broken microwave out and sure enough next day it was gone, unfortunately the bastard who took it went to the trouble of bringing it back and dumped it back in my garden 24 hours later.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 12:04 pm

Apparently a common practice in Japan is to dump perfectly good electricals just because they are no longer shiny and new, so doubtless a wander around the suburbs of Osaka would lead to all sorts of useful discoveries.  

Blogger phone cam foolery said... 12:25 pm

Croydonian, I have a "collector" who lives around the corner in sheltered accommodation, he rifles through all the bins and skips and hauls whatever takes his fancy back to his flat.
last week he had got his hands on 7 (I counted them) enormous scout pack sized tents, it must be hell being his social worker.
I have a bit of an OCD personality, my current thing is to keep checking that the fridge/freezer door is shut, I have to check it a least twice a night (+:
Dd you ever see that program with Mr Trebus narated by John Peel?
I wish blogs didnt exist, its a distraction from work, im addicted to these now.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 12:42 pm

Now this is what I call OCD.

I just restrict myself to hoarding old copies of Private Eye etc, broken computers, old mobile phones etc etc.  

Blogger phone cam foolery said... 1:52 pm

lol, want my old 14 inch colour monitor?
I also have an ericsson t28, some nokias and a motorola, you never know when they may come in handy.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:14 pm

PCF - very kind of you to offer. I like to think that IT technology will advance to such a level in the future that broken hard drives will be brought back to life. After all, there is so much you can do with a couple of hundred meg...  

Blogger phone cam foolery said... 2:29 pm

A salutary lesson for those contemplating disposing of a hard drive

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:59 pm

Thanks for that PCF. I read somewhere that the thing to do with old hard drives is to take a sledgehammer to them - if you don't want the contents accessed....  

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