Bin Wars, Dutch Edition!

Refuse collectors in the Netherlands are being followed by close protection officers after getting the power to issue red and yellow cards to force householders to properly recycle.

I wish I could say ‘You couldn’t make it up’, but there’s no need to, is there?

The new football-style card system has led to a series of rubbish rage incidents in the south of the country, with collectors threatened, abused and one bin lorry hemmed in to a street by furious householders who had not had their waste taken away.

Heh! Even the Dutch worm turns. And do the powers that be realise they’ve gone too far?

Reader, they do not.

The Netherlands has been a pioneer in household recycling with some municipalities charging for the collection of bin bags which contain non-recyclable rubbish, and asking householders to separate refuse into up to seven different categories.

Because everyone has the time for that….

However officers known as the buitengewoon opsporingsambtenaar (BOA), who are not police but have the power to arrest suspects and issue fines, had to be brought in to protect the refuse collectors of Best, a town near Eindhoven, after they became responsible for not only collecting the rubbish but inspecting it and dishing out cards to recalcitrant households.

I guess the only burning question is which one of the seven bins do you throw the card into? Or the still-warm corpse of the idiot council worker?

Yellow cards are issued to warn people if they have wrongly separated their waste. Red cards are given to repeat offenders, and their rubbish is left to rot on the side of the road, leading to angry confrontations.

Wait, the punishment is to … leave the rubbish to rot? Is this Holland or a Third World country?

The mayor of Best, Hans Ubachs, said: “A garbage man was told: I know where your children go to school. That is unacceptable.

“They must stay away from our people, and also from the people who work for us. Residents are not allowed to bother these men in their work, threaten them verbally or swear at them. Fortunately, no physical violence has yet been used.

“The uniform of the BOA radiates authority. We continue with it until the garbage collectors feel safe again.”

Ah. No, not a Third World country. An EU country. With typical EU attitudes to the people who pay your wages.

Are we leaving yet?

19 comments for “Bin Wars, Dutch Edition!

  1. Bill
    May 30, 2018 at 11:00 am

    “The Dutch ministry of internal affairs spent almost €40m (£35m) between 2006 and 2016 on combating aggression and violence against the providers of public services.”

    The state that must be obeyed, its for your own good.

  2. opsimath
    May 30, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Are we leaving yet?

    Not if traitor May and the Civil Service get their way — and they probably will.

    • Errol
      May 31, 2018 at 6:24 am

      Bin collection is controlled by the EU – as are most things we suffer. However, I doubt Theresa May is remotely interested in moving back to weekly bin collections. The state (town clerks) have got far used to pocketing the money they don’t spend on bin collections.

      Ostensibly I approve of recycling, but that’s what taxes pay for. It’s what the horrofic levy of green should pay for but it should be done centrally, by government, not by the householder.

      As for all the jack booted ‘they wear a uniform and you will obey… what next? Kristalnacht? Hell, the EU is already a blatantly socialist institution seeking it’s own security forces and recruiting youth – just as all war mongering Left wing nutcase organisations do.

      • June 2, 2018 at 7:43 am

        Recycling makes sense, but only while it outweighs the time it takes to do it. If it’s taking too long, or is too onerous in other ways, then it’s not recycling.

  3. Hereward Unbowed.
    May 30, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    councils across here, in EU maritime province western land will be rubbing their hands with glee, we already have a rubbish police service, and bin inspectors sifting your rubbish, now we can have the dustbin stasi too, and you’ll be arrested for using the wrong rubbish!


    You ain’t seen nothing yet!

    A rubbish country full of rubbish administrators making you eat piles of rubbish sarnies, it’s all turning to rubbish – oh and rubbish TV is obligatory, reference al beebera.

  4. Distant Relative
    May 30, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    We already have the poubelle-stasi in France. See-thru bags. If something shouldn’t be in it, the whole bag gets left on the doorstep. Latest wheeze – not allowed to put cardboard in any bag, that includes cereal boxes, biscuit boxes, toilet roll inners, even the cardboard that’s wrapped around two yogurts, etc etc. Supposed to take it to the tip. *whistling…..*

    • Hereward Unbowed.
      May 30, 2018 at 5:30 pm

      I just can’t see it, our Gallic cousins putting up with that sort of nonsense, it just doesn’t sit right.

      Tumbrel time coming soon and again, I think.

      • Distant Relative
        May 30, 2018 at 5:36 pm

        “Tumbrel time coming soon and again, I think.”

        Hopefully with Macron in it…..

        • Hereward Unbowed.
          May 30, 2018 at 9:08 pm


    • Errol
      May 31, 2018 at 6:26 am

      Yes, because I’ve loads of time to take rubbish to the tip and I pay someone to do it for me. If they aren’t doing that, why should I pay them? I don’t pay Tesco when I don’t shop there.

      What do you mean, I have to? What do you mean the police are at the door to extort my money from me or be thrown in jail. What? For not paying for a service I’m not getting?

      Just tihnk of that logic and ask why we tolerate the 67% tax rate we have.

      • Hereward Unbowed.
        June 1, 2018 at 1:11 am

        We’re a soft touch, they know it and so do we.

        But there will be a time when someone is arrested on some trumped up civil infraction and a fuse will be lit.

      • Distant Relative
        June 1, 2018 at 9:24 am

        What about the folks who don’t have their own transport to get to the tip? Ours is a 50 minute round trip away. Most of our cardboard goes on the log burner in winter – yet another bone of contention with some Eughrocrats who are trying to get them taxed or tariffed or some such nonsense under the climate blah-di-blah. Only towns here have gas – most folks living in rural areas (and there are a lot of us!) rely on bottle gas for cooking and electricity for everything else except heating. Heating is either through oil (mega expensive at the moment) or wood. The ultimate plan, I believe, is to get us all dependent on, and at the mercy of, the energy companies. Indeed, they are forcing smart meters on us which we have to pay for. The fact that smart meters are classified as “2B” (possible danger) under the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer seems to have escaped their notice.

        We used to put the cardboard on the bonfire but now we learn bonties have been banned – EUrgh again. They may be OK if we ask the local Mayor for permission but experience has taught it is best not to ask in case the answer is “No”…… 😉 😉

    • June 2, 2018 at 7:44 am

      I’m amazed they haven’t set fire to them! What happened to the French?

  5. Pcar
    May 30, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    Gov’t complain fly-tipping and bonfires are increasing.

    Hmm, wonder why?

    If only there was a low cost way to dispose of waste and perhaps even use it to produce cheap electricity. Ideas to Michael Gove MP & Claire Perry MP

    Elsewhere, CALA are building on land-filled Craigpark Quarry and (demolished fire ravaged) Hotel in Ratho, UK

    BBC Plastic Fantastic – why plastic is not fantastic

    • Errol
      May 31, 2018 at 6:28 am

      It isn’t great stuff, but government refuses to recycle it. Instead, it has wasted our money on wind mills, as sinking 200 tons per windmill into the ground is great for the environment, birds, bats, all other ecology destroyed to make way for the monuments to folly – oh, and of course for massively increasing the cancer rates in Mongoli thanks to open cast mining of neodiyum.

      Sodding B*******s

      • Hereward Unbowed.
        May 31, 2018 at 7:44 am

        Oh I think Photo Voltaic ‘solar farms’ are even more carcinogenic and in a very ‘low bar’ competition even more useless than are ‘wind farms’.

        It’s not really a surprise, between them all in Westminster, finding the catch to flip the bonnet of their motor cars, flipping open the laptop and using a search engine, finding wiki are about the sum total of their engineering/technological expertise calling them all fucking useless, is an exceedingly generous description.

      • Pcar
        June 1, 2018 at 12:21 am


        Why recycle plastic? It’s virtue is it is light-weight disposable product. Once used it has negative value – unlike profitable metal recycling.

        How do we know this? Zero recycling until Gov’t decreed taxpayers must subsidise plastic recycling.

        Problem is the recycled plastic is not wanted, more money and resources wasted trying to find a use for it.

        Burn as fuel or land-fill is best economic and green solution.

        • Penseivat
          June 3, 2018 at 10:14 am

          France has been using shredded car tyres in their road construction for decades. India has been using waste plastic in their road construction. Both have been found to aid the quality, and improve the longevity, of the road surfaces. Perhaps other countries do the same. China is said to use waste plastic in its massive building projects, adding it to the concrete. There does appear to be a solution if only government’s would divert money from green inspired non-projects, the problems of plastic waste could go away, or be drastically reduced.

          • Pcar
            June 3, 2018 at 11:02 pm


            They’re on right track – let market decide best least cost solution.

            Sadly Gove & Gov’t et al reject that and insist it must be recycled and re-used as plastic – must not be used to produce electricity, added to aggregate etc.

            “Circular economy” is their religion.

            Ref: BBC R4 Plastic Fantastic – no, title misleads it’s Evil Plastic

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