I've Bin going Mad

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I remember a time when the dustmen came once a week to collect the rubbish. Then along came recycling, so we all made an effort to help the environment. However, I feel the latest move is as step too far. Read on to find out more.

I've Bin going Mad

I like to think I am an honest person, and when I am asked to do something, if it's reasonable, and within my power, then I will gladly do it. For years we had a dustbin, which was emptied once a week. I used to hear the lorry coming long before it actually reached our road.

Then the council allowed us to buy black wheelie bins, which I though were an excellent idea, we could keep them near to the back door, and then when we were expecting them to be emptied, we could wheel them round the front, and put them by the gate.. Not only that, because they were on wheels, they weren't too heavy.

Then we were told that we had to recycle, which meant that one week the rubbish would be collected, the next week it would be recycling. Like everyone else, I got used to separating our rubbish into recycling, and non recycling, and it became a way of life. We all felt we were doing our bit for the environment, in the same way, that as a responsible dog owner, we can now clear up after our dog, and put the waste in the dog bins provided.

But that wasn't good enough

But somebody up there in their ivory tower conceived a new idea. Why shouldn't the public have lots of bins, and why shouldn't they spend their time filling them all with different things?. The fact that it costs a lot of money to provide those bins to the poor unsuspecting householder doesn't matter a bit, because after all, councils have no spare money, and the country in general is only several billion pounds in debt.!

So this last week, our new set of pretty coloured bins arrived. We still have the black one for rubbish, if there is any now. The green topped one is for grass cuttings, then we have a nice blue one, that is for bottles, both glass and plastic, and if we don't wash them up before putting them in there, well we may be fined or go to prison.

Let's not forget the grey ones, the small one houses left over food, and when it's full you can put it in the big grey one outside, we don't have leftover food, cos we have a golden retriever!

Just to complete the range of colours we also have a red bin. We put newspapers, magazines and junk mail in there, and then comes the conundrum of guessing which bins go out in which week.

Couldn't the money be better spent?

There are so many things that the money could have been spent on to help the householder. Firstly, and I am only talking about my area, which is Kent. Our roads are full of potholes and cracks, it ruins our tyres and our suspension, and although the council invited us to claim if we were affected, when we put our claim in when my tyre was ruined, they refused to accept liability.

The road leading down to our road is so bad now, the surface has worn completely away, you have to drive in first gear, they have been told by many, but still they do nothing. Recently they made a little curve in the pavement on a local road, which slows the traffic right down, and causes queues when there is no need. It's only a country lane, so no-one goes that fast along there.

Then along the M2, which is the main road along the Kent coast stretching from the Medway area to Broadstairs. Somebody must have had a brainwave to put chevrons along there, with notices saying keep 2 chevrons apart. It doesn't slow the traffic down, it has no purpose, and when it was being done, the temporary traffic lights caused congestion and queues, which could have been avoided.

I am only one person, but I wish our council had more women on it, and that the men would listen to them. I will get used to the recycling, like everything else it has to be learned and if it saves money and helps the environment , then it's a god idea.

But please do something about the potholes, our roads are dangerous, and this should be a priority. And also please treat us like human beings and stop threatening us , it's not a good way to be towards the public.
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Blue, Canterbury Council, Chevrons, Common Sense, Food, Grey Bins, Must Obey, Potholes, Recycling, Roads, Wheelie Bins

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I am a proud mother and grandmother, and an author. I have had 7 books published. My hobbies are walking, swimming, and playing badminton. I try to raise more awareness of autism with my writing.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
29th Jun 2013 (#)

so interesting this Carol...thank you..there are so many strange happenings nowadays i am being hoaxed by someone online and it is not very nice for sure...take care...

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author avatar Carol
29th Jun 2013 (#)

Oh no, sorry ti hear that Carolan. Thanks for reading!

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
29th Jun 2013 (#)

Where I live we don't have such a colourful array of bins to deal with yet Carol , but we still have pot holes to contend with , which I mentioned to a Counselor only yesterday . You know what they say ...' Variety is the spice of life ' Enjoy !
God bless you for another good post my friend .
Stella ><

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author avatar Carol
29th Jun 2013 (#)

Thank you Stella

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author avatar M G Singh
29th Jun 2013 (#)

Nice post Carol. Liked it

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author avatar Trillionaire
29th Jun 2013 (#)

Very nice, thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Carol
30th Jun 2013 (#)

Thank you Madan and Trillionaire, just having a moan!

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author avatar Delicia Powers
30th Jun 2013 (#)

-enjoyed this "read"-and know well just how you feel..thanks Carol...

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author avatar Carol
30th Jun 2013 (#)

Thanks Delicia

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author avatar Blanka
30th Jun 2013 (#)

Hi Carol, thanks for this interesting article. In our town we also recycle and have to separate waste, but the colourful bins (about 4 times bigger than yours) are provided not for each house, but for a street. So we separate at home and then have to carry all the rubbish out to the bins. And the holes on the roads - this will be another long story :) Thank you, it´s an interesting topic for discussion. Love, Blanka xx

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author avatar Carol
1st Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks for reading Blanka x

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author avatar LOVERME
1st Jul 2013 (#)

cute and interesting r
ubbish and recycling
why not fill the pot holes with some

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author avatar Carol
1st Jul 2013 (#)

What an idea Loverme, although they might smell a bit!

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author avatar LOVERME
1st Jul 2013 (#)

car tyres would rub off the smell and
hard stuff mixed with a bit of coal tar and cement
may help economise too...
and save pounds /dollars

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Jul 2013 (#)

Those in charge have to carry the ground too than just dictate without doing what is expected of them. Thanks Carol for the interesting share - siva

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author avatar Carol
1st Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks for reading Siva

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