The Daily Wail has a piece today titled ‘Binmen take a battering‘ which reports how frustration among residents at ever more rules and regulations on household waste disposal – combined officiousness and high handed behaviour by councils and rubbish collectors – is boiling over into instances of violence.
What has happened has being typically overblown by the Wail, but where it’s happening it is an unsurprising reaction to public servants imposing constraints on the people they are supposed to serve, without any consultation or permission. In short it is a reaction to everyday, overbearing, anti-democratic behaviour by the establishment.
As is usual with the British media the article stops where it does and makes no attempt to explore possible solutions or explain where and how the regulations originated. So being a considerate chap, I have just left the following comment for consideration:
There is a simple solution to disposing of rubbish that would go into landfill – PLASMA GASIFICATION. It is a safe form or incineration that doesn’t put dioxins in the air and leaves only a small amount of residue which is inert and can be used as hard core for roads and developments. Plasma gasification units, which have a 35-45 year life and would pay for themselves within 10 years, can also work in the same way as combined heat and power units. Instead of putting waste into landfill, incurring huge costs thanks to the EU, landfill can actually be emptied and sent for gasification thereby generating power and solving the waste problem. Ask your local and county councils and councillors why they are not installing this technology instead of burying rubbish or using incinerators.
To be clear, I have painted the positive side of plasma gasification and not referenced some of the cost and maintenance issues. But the cost and maintenance issues could be quickly reduced if the technology was taken up more widely because there would be commercial value in improving the offering and increasing the longevity of systems within the plant. The technology has opponents who play up the downsides, from anecdotal experience these tend to be people with interests in building and running incinerators, which is why the Wikipedia page puts concerns before the advantages.
In the county where I live I raised this issue with the county council ‘cabinet’ member with responsibility in this area. He pledged to look at gasification but did nothing of the sort, and is now involved in a local fight over his decision to sanction a new incinerator. Lazy, backward thinking and ignorance of the opportunities that exist. Yet another example of how the public interest comes a distant also-ran to vested interests and narrow minded views.