Lighten the load on rubbish disposal
Levy heavy for dog droppings
In the USA, we have rubbish recycling like in the UK. Depending upon whether you live in private residence or an apartment or condo building, there are rules for separating the trash and disposing of it properly. In the UK, some people actually have to cart their trash some distance in the car to a disposal point. We have that option in the USA for people who create an excess amount and need to get rid of it.
There is dispute about the value of recycling and where the separation is best accomplished.
In another matter, there are people with dogs. In London, people walk their dogs to do their business. Dogs apparently have a great deal of freedom there because people are constantly dodging dog piles on the sidewalk. London dog owners don’t pick up after their dogs.
In the USA, there are dog dropping deposit cans with plastic bag dispensers. People are expected to pick up after their pets.
Sometimes, I look out from the balcony to see the morning sun come up, and down below are people of all sorts, some dressed for work and others in morning attire following around their dogs, picking up droppings and putting it into bags. That is proper disposal, I think, though the subordination of people to pets for this lowly task is hardly dignified though very much appreciated.
“Rubbish bin fines to be scrapped under new plans
Households may still face sanctions if their actions cause genuine problems for the neighbourhood
The government is to publish plans on Monday to prevent councils in England fining householders who break minor bin collection rules.
It wants an end to fines for offences such as putting waste in the wrong bins or putting bins out on the wrong day - with reduced penalties in the meantime.
Ministers think the fines - of up to £1,000 - have been used to "punish innocent mistakes".
But local authorities have said fines are only ever used as a "last resort".
They say "only a tiny minority of residents leave their rubbish piled in the street".
Under the proposed changes, to be outlined in a consultation, local authorities would only be allowed to issue fines if they can prove residents are causing a "harm to local amenity" by putting out their rubbish incorrectly.
The tighter rules would still allow councils to take action against householders who cause problems for their neighbours or the local environment by the way they dispose of their rubbish, the Environment Department (Defra) said.
Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said "bullying them with fines" was not the way to get people to boost their recycling rates.
"This consultation will mean that only those causing real problems for their community will get punished," she said.
At the moment, local authorities can give out fixed penalty notices of up to £110, or push for criminal convictions and a much larger fine.
According to figures previously obtained by the Sunday Telegraph, almost 5,000 fixed penalty notices worth £215,955 were issued between May 2010 and April 2011 for offences such as using the wrong sacks for recycling or overfilling wheelie bins.
"Householders need not have any concerns that innocent mistakes like leaving the bin out on the wrong day or putting paper in the plastics bin will land them with a fine”
David ParsonsLGA environment board
On Sunday, Defra said that to give residents relief over bin fines before the new law was brought in, waste and recycling minister Lord Taylor was writing to all councils about plans for interim reductions in penalties.
Fixed penalties currently ranging from £75 to £110 would be reduced to £60 to £80, with a discounted rate of £40 for early payment, it said.
Some environmental groups think fines can be a useful way to improve recycling rates.
Friends of the Earth has previously argued that fines should be retained for some persistent offenders.
David Parsons, chairman of the Local Government Association's environment board, said councils only ever issued bin fines "as an absolute last resort".
He added: "Householders need not have any concerns that innocent mistakes like leaving the bin out on the wrong day or putting paper in the plastics bin will land them with a fine.
"Only a tiny minority of households persistently leave their waste piled up in the street or wilfully contaminate their recycling - which means all other recyclables collected alongside them have to be sent to landfill.
"In these exceptional cases, where repeated attempts to help and educate them have failed, councils need effective and proportionate powers to ensure the inconsiderate actions of the few are not allowed to jeopardise the recycling efforts of the majority."
Plans to outlaw council fines for minor domestic waste offences in England were flagged up when the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) published the government's waste strategy in June.
The department's work relates to England, with devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland handling their own environmental affairs.
The government's waste strategy resulted from a review launched in 2010, which looked at how best to encourage householders, companies and communities to produce less waste and boost recycling.”