Privacy issues

IN RESPONSE to recycling and privacy if the council is willing us to recycle everything that is recyclable, then I too must agree with the letter written a few weeks ago regarding privacy issues. We can't all afford to live in quiet villages (Mrs Janine

IN RESPONSE to recycling and privacy - if the council is willing us to recycle everything that is recyclable, then I too must agree with the letter written a few weeks ago regarding privacy issues.We can't all afford to live in quiet villages (Mrs Janine Wharmby). I live on a busy road with people walking by constantly and do not want kids going through my waste.Because we are not allowed to put out sealed bags, I selectively recycle throwing more personal items into my black bag waste. Some people have health problems and so may not wish to put out empty boxes or containers which reflect this. Then there is personal mail, details of which could be used e.g. for identity fraud. Some people may have an alcohol problem and not want this to be made public. Someone may read a lot of porn magazines and again not wish to put these on display in their green box.I looked out of my window as the recycling was collected this week and there was a queue of cars having to wait while individual boxes were emptied because there were cars parked either side of the road and no room to overtake the lorry. The men having to lift the heavy boxes, carry them to the lorry, empty them and then put them back. Can you imagine how long this would take if every house recycled everything? And the lorry polluting the atmosphere along with the queues of cars behind it. How many extra lorries would be needed? If people were given a choice so that if they wish they could put out a sealed bag, I'm sure more people would recycle more and probably only a minority of households would choose this option, but enough so that less chaos is caused on the roads.Emptying bags at the depot would in fact be quicker than sorting large amounts at the roadside - using the same system as that for sorting parcels - a couple of people ripping open and tipping bags into a large central container, with sorting containers surrounding it into which several people can pick up and throw relevant items into at a rate of several items per second.So Mrs Wharmby are you as 'green' as you suggest or do you have a car so that you can take more personal items to the recycling centre, polluting the atmosphere on the way! I'm sure to the person who wrote on the privacy issue was talking about more than just tins of beans.G T HARVEY, Milton


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