How To Manipulate A Study To Get The Answer You Want…

…councils are masters at this:

Food waste collections must be trialled in poor as well as affluent areas, union officials have demanded.

Yup, everyone needs to share in what Matt Wardman at Anna Raccoon called ‘Binism’…

It comes after rumours Brighton and Hove City Council’s Green administration has chosen Westbourne and Central Hove as the first areas to test out one of its flagship policies.The party has committed itself to exploring the potential for a weekly food waste collection across the city but has admitted the move would lead to a fortnightly collection for general refuse.

And so trialling it in the affluent areas no doubt seemed like a jolly wheeze to sweep it through unchallenged.

Mark Turner, from the GMB, said: “We have suggested to the council that two areas are chosen but this is not the right mix we are looking for.

“It’s fine to have one affluent area but you also have to know how this is going to work in the estates and crucially how it will work with communal bins.”

Barking and Dagenham council tried the same trick when introducing wheelie bins; selecting an area with mostly semi-detached houses with drives (and so room for bins) and an area of – ostensibly – terraced housing, yet containing a long road criss-crossed with other side roads, so ensuring lots of houses with side gates (and again, lots of room for bins).

Then when they got the answer they required, they rolled it out area-wide.

7 comments for “How To Manipulate A Study To Get The Answer You Want…

  1. john in cheshire
    September 16, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I think refuse collection has long since ceased to be about the actual removal and disposal of refuse from dwellings and business premises. I feel there is something more subversive going on, all directed by the EU. I can’t quite figure it out, but the constant changes to the service (by charging more for doing less) are causing much anger amongst many people nationwide. We are about to have yet another bin to add to the growing line of the ugly things that dominate the garden, and I don’t recall ever being asked if it’s what I want, and am prepared to pay for. I just want all of my refuse to be taken from my garden, in one bin, each week, and disposed of as cheaply as possible. I’m not sure I even want them to collect my garden refuse, I seemed to manage quite well before that ‘service’ was introduced.

    • September 17, 2011 at 6:19 am

      I think it’s a vast job-creation scheme for councils…

    • William
      September 17, 2011 at 8:24 am

      It’s just another control mechanism from the control freaks who inhabit all governments. The local council threw a red bag into my yard (for the collection of paper/cardboard/plastic for recycling)and luckily I saw it fly over the wall. In it’s base was a large heavy plywood of some description (presumably to keep the thing in one place when the wind blew) which would have caused considerable harm to anyone it hit.

      I shot outside picked up the bag and hurled it into the side of their van. The Bstards can get rid of their own rubbish but what really pisses me off is I am forced to pay for things I don’t need or use via the council tax/summons/bailiff/goal scam the town halls have running. Luckily Dick North is on their case.

  2. ivan
    September 16, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Ah, the British refuse collection. I have to admit it is an interesting topic of conversation with friends when they come over here and discover that we, the villagers, voted for a reduction of our refuse collection service – from three times a week to twice a week with an extra day after public holidays. Also the rubbish is collected on a public holiday if that is the day for collection.

    I suppose we have an advantage that if anything goes wrong the Mayor will get an ear full at the local shop or anywhere she is seen – more village business is carried out in the street or shop than anywhere else and therein lies the strength of the French system.

    • September 17, 2011 at 6:19 am

      It’s taken over from ‘the weather’ as a typical topic of conversation! 🙂

  3. Lord T
    September 16, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Considering it is the only thing I actually get back for my charges every month, the service is crap. Going private would solve all our problems but then I’m paying double as usual in rip off britain.

  4. Peter MacFarlane
    September 19, 2011 at 9:51 am

    When I lived in the US, you simply called up the waste disposal company of your choice (there were quite a few), told them how often you wanted it uplifted – monthly, weekly, daily, several times a day for all I know – and paid their bill.

    As you were the customer, they did what you wanted; if they didn’t, you went to somebody else, who did.

    City Hall would have been bemused at the idea that it should be their responsibility.

    Naturally this is far too simple an idea for the UK or – especially – the EU.

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