Rik01: I don't know which way to jump on this one.Back in the seventies, garbage men used to walk up to our houses, grab the garbage cans, dump them and return them. By the eighties, we had to haul them out to the curb and haul them back. Somewhere around the nineties the cans couldn't weigh over fifty pounds full. By the time the 2000's rolled around, yard waste like clippings and branches had to be trimmed to no more than three feet and crammed into a trash barrel for the yard waste crew to take it.Piling the stuff neatly along the roadside was no longer allowed, even though they had a special truck with a claw to pick it up.NOW, we recycle, but I discovered the truck will NOT take anything electrical, like a burned out hot plate, an old fan -- whose electric motor is rich with copper -- or even a toaster. They take everything else, but toss these things back on the grass.I had some guy steal an old burned out a/c I had left outside, presumably for the mass of copper inside. The recyclers won't even touch it.Such things I have to pile in the car and drive them 5 miles to the nearest recycle center -- where this guy studies your trash and requires you to lace it in the proper bins. Especially clear and colored glass. Or, I can just dump the stuff in the garbage and let it get carried to the landfill.So, I guess I don't know whose side to take on this one.
fatandolder: quatchi: They need to get the type of wheelie bins that can be picked up mechanically by the garbage trucks themselves, that's what most places are going with these days./This is in the Politics tab, why again?All things that deal with garbage, belong in the politics tab.
cirby: Like the ones in the photo in the article? I think they have that covered.
Shatner's Bassoon: People living on one street in Durham have to take their bins a little bit further than they used to - HOLD THE FRONT FARKING PAGE!!!
Lurking Fear: Manchester, NH has done the same with both garbage and recycle pickup. The drivers are too farking lazy to get out and pick up anything, even an empty cardboard box now.
imontheinternet: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 400x331]I'm very worried about bakers burning their hands. The government should ban them from operating hot stoves in order to keep them from getting burned. It's the only way to protect our children from the horrible menace of burned bakers' hands.Don't worry, Britain. When the muslims take over, you'll get to trade in your nanny state for daily infidel beheadings.
Dansker: Wouldn't an actual nanny state be more worried about protecting it's private citizens from hurting themselves wheeling a bin a few hundred yards, and insist that it be handled by professional government workers?Isn't making people more personally responsible for their own garbage the opposite of nannying?
imontheinternet: Dansker: Wouldn't an actual nanny state be more worried about protecting it's private citizens from hurting themselves wheeling a bin a few hundred yards, and insist that it be handled by professional government workers?Isn't making people more personally responsible for their own garbage the opposite of nannying?Nanny states in this sense are about micromanaging and adopting ludicrous, overkill statist measures to address silly problems. The groups that get restricted or "protected" are completely arbitrary.Today, government workers are instructed not to do their jobs in order to avoid any possible risk of injury. Next, an agency could be created to send inspectors to neighborhoods to measure the height of shrubs and issue fines. After that, the Ministry of Silly Walks will issue an edict that citizens must add a skip to every seventh step on each day of the month that is a prime number.
Dansker: You assume the council's concern is really with binmen, and not with the council budget. Removing a timeconsuming part of a public job today means sacking a few people tomorrow.
imontheinternet: Dansker: You assume the council's concern is really with binmen, and not with the council budget. Removing a timeconsuming part of a public job today means sacking a few people tomorrow.Maybe so. This measure also gives them cover to deny back injury claims of garbagemen.
Goimir: It could be worse, you could not have any garbage collection at all and your friends could end up getting arrested for trying to help you out.
EyeballKid: Nanny State is a term used by alleged adults who believe Daddy Warbucks is real.
improvius: Goimir: It could be worse, you could not have any garbage collection at all and your friends could end up getting arrested for trying to help you out.You sound Canadian.
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