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A Lid Too Far
IsMa Bin Laden too much
Chelmsford Declares War on Terror Bins

Chelmsford has declared war on wheelie bins.  From July 1st if you overfill the wheelie bin "they must not have their lids open more than a fraction" it will be left un-emptied. Similarly plastic refuse sacks will not be collected.
Why? Primarily it is an environmental issue and secondly a health and safety matter. The environmental cleansing technicians are now vulnerable to injury and infection from nasty substances that could leak from punctured refuse sacks or escape from raised wheelie bin lids.  The introduction of wheelie bins has resulted in a raised refuse entry aperture on the refuse collection trucks.  Back injuries to our gallant refuse technicians are now a danger from lifting the sacks to this height for disposal into the vehicle.  Rather than equip our technicians with protective clothing and adding additional lifting equipment and furnishing suitable training our Borough Council is going to impose draconian measures to police these new regulations.
Will we see a coalition of like-minded borough councils being formed in Essex to enforce these new regulations. Will the Chelmsford Refuse Assurance Police  (CRAP) be visiting you soon! How will they establish that fraction, the lid is allowed to be raised.  Will they even know what a fraction is in these decimal days!

The refuse collection technician of the future!

CRAP out on trials

Bribery and corruption could be rife as irate householders attempt to bribe the environmental cleansing technicians or the CRAP personnel to allow the empting of their wheelie bin or removal of extra sacks or refuse.
How much extra will it all cost?  The extra staff (CRAP  Staff), the minders that may be required to escort and protect the refuse technicians from aggrieved householders.
Will mountains of refuse build up, uncollected on our streets. Do you remember the bin-men strike all those years ago? History has a habit of repeating itself. Disease and pestilence may be visited upon our fair borough and village.
The future is bleak; the future is Chelmsford Borough Council's Environmental Policy.  The Borough says that their contract with the taxpayer is only to empty the wheelie bin.  Have you seen this contract? Who signed it on the taxpayer's behalf?  Where is, or was, the public consultation?  Has anyone actually thought this through or is it just a gut reaction to a perceived Health and Safety problem that could have left council vulnerable to litigation

 IsMa Bin Laden too Much?
Watch out for the CRAP they will be down your way soon (from July 1st)



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