So, the owner of Bristol's daftest moustache, Gary Hopkins, has "pledged to improve the city's recycling rate.".
Councillor Gary Hopkins is aiming to push the rate of all recycled household waste up to 50 per cent after it dropped from 37 per cent to 35 per cent over the last two years.
It's worth remembering at this point that Bristol City Council hasn't, doesn't, and won't ever understand the concept of sticks and carrots, only sticks. So this can only mean one thing - we'll be "pushed" to recycle more by making traditional waste disposal either more inconvenient or more expensive, but probably (knowing them) both.
He plans to encourage more people to recycle organic waste such as food scraps and vegetable peelings by offering free corn starch bags to line brown recycling bins.
Here's a bit of help for you Gary - people don't like using the brown food bin because it's fucking disgusting. It's nothing to do with needing a bag to line it. Plus the fact that the concept of it is just completely pointless. What is there to gain from recycling vegetable peelings? Is that going to save the planet? I rather think not.
"We'll knock on people's doors, give them the free bags and show them how to use the system. Experience elsewhere shows that actually works
Go on Gary. I fucking dare you to knock on my door and patronise me about how I'm killing the planet by not recycling potato peel.
"We also want to expand the range of plastics that can be recycled and we are exploring the idea of rewarding people with a council tax rebate if they throw out less waste. This would be a voluntary scheme and would involve measuring the weight of the waste put out by those taking part."
Voluntary to start with. We're not stupid. As Terry Cook puts it;
Make no mistake what Cllr Hopkins would like to do, but wasn’t got the nerve, is to put spys in the bin and fine those who do not recycle.
Just you fucking try it, Gary.
For future information, the "bugs" sit in the round hole in the moulding underneath the lip of the bin. There are many photos on the web showing this.