Britons: New Trash Laws Are Rubbish

Controversial UK measures get tough on waste
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 27, 2008 4:32 AM CDT
In one town, homeowners must stuff two weeks of trash into single wheelie bins.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – In the midst of a garbage overload, the UK is cracking down on trash with strict new rules, sparking a backlash among Britons, the New York Times reports. Many areas now pick up trash only biweekly, and accept only regulation amounts. Some reject recycling bins tainted with garbage. In response, some Britons are yelling at trash collectors, stealing neighbors’ bins—and burning their rubbish.

At collection time, “It’s like something out of Mad Max," one man told the Guardian. “Every man for himself, scavenging for an extra bin.” But authorities say such measures are necessary as landfills overflow. “You start off by asking them ‘please,’” said one official. “But if they don’t respond, you have to move along the scale that has carrots on one end and sticks on the other.”