I wrote a while ago (Just empty the f***ing bins) about a bag full of plastic bottles whch I had left propped up against the blue plastics collection box because I had not had time to drive them to the tip as I usually do. I mused as to what the little jerk from the council expected me to do with them if they did not fit into the box and concluded that, given the choice between giving up milk, dumping the plastic in the landfill bin or driving to the tip, the last was the best option.
It occurred to me afterwards that the collection (that is, the non-collection) was the first one after Labour’s John Tanner had taken control of Oxford’s waste collection from the estimable Jean Fooks. Perhaps he had had a meeting with the rubbish officers (what a meeting of minds that would have been!) and ordered a tougher approach to excess waste. Tanner is the sort of old-style leftie whose enthusiasm for bettering the lot of mankind never seems to show a benefit for any identifiable group, and we wait nervously to see what autocratic plans he has for screwing up our lives a little more.
A fortnight later, I put the same bag out beside the recycling box. Perhaps someone had read my article, or had had it read to him, because this time the bag’s contents were collected. So the message seems to be that if at first you don’t succeed in encouraging Oxford City Council to do its job properly, try, try and try again.