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Monday, 11 April 2011

A Rubbish Problem.

A rubbish problem.
There has been much talk lately about recycling and wheely bins, with folk complaining and not relishing the hike in waste disposal charges.  Waste disposal is a huge problem facing our future planet, and we all have a responsibility to help the changes, though most of us seem to think it is not our problem, but that of the council’s, or the government, or that of any one else’s other than their own.  
Yes, we have to recycle, and yes, we must take more care about our rubbish, but there is another part in the equation that no one seems to have mentioned.  Why don’t we stop making and importing so much rubbish and tac in the first place, then we wouldn’t have so much to dispose of.  The world seems to be on a roller coaster making huge amounts of utter rubbish, using huge amounts of resources, then taking up vast amounts of space to get rid of the stuff.  
For example supermarkets could do their bit and stop buying fruit and vegetables that are unnecessarily swathed in plastic.  Why does an aubergine have to be in a plastic tray, both of which are in a plastic bag?  Perhaps us the customer should start unwrapping these items and leave the packaging in the supermarket for them to dispose of it.  After all they chose to buy it.  In our greed to have out of season fruit and vegetables we knowingly increase the amount of rubbish produced.
We only have to walk down any high street in any town in the UK and see amount of rubbish on sale.  We should stop buying all this unnecessary rubbish, much of which is useless and ends up in the bin, so we are not only paying over the odds to buy this rubbish, we are also going to have to pay to get rid of it!  Where is the logic in that?  We should start thinking about what we buy, why and of what use it served apart from decrease our bank balance.
A far better way of approaching the rubbish problem to cut down on the amount of rubbish created in the first place and to stop it being produced, not moaning about it once it has been produced at a profit and sold to everyone and even bigger profits.
Cindy Thompson

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