Big Brother is watching you (and your garbage)

By | July 14, 2012

I’ve used the word “garbage” in the title as I didn’t want anyone to read it as “you’re rubbish” as opposed to “your rubbish”!

The “Big Brother” effect is with us in our borough. I am a recycling devotee and it was with some relief that we were told our recycling would move to weekly. We do recycle as much as we can in the black crates provided – paper, cardboard, tins, cans, plastic in the weekly collection. Glass goes to the bottle bank and plastic bags/food packaging/crisp packets etc to the plastics recycling in our supermarket. Garden waste is also collected but it’s a “stealth tax”, you either have to hire a wheelie bin from the Council or buy compostable paper bags (which are useless and fall apart if wet!).

“All good” you’re thinking and “what an Eco-friendly Council” but here comes the Big Brother bit:

We are not allowed to put our rubbish (garbage) out in anything other than the blue bags provided. No more black sacks.

We receive 80 bags a year from the Council so divide 80 by 52 weeks and that’s just over one bag a week.


Don’t get me wrong, one bag a week is fine for us as we recycle so much. It’s big enough for the household rubbish and the guinea pig waste.

I can imagine those families with individuals wearing nappies/sanitary items are struggling though.

What I am waiting to see in the local newspapers is the stories of people who have run out of bags because they’ve used 3 bags per week. We see them on the way to school on garbage day, blue bags full of cardboard and tins etc.

T will look at these as we pass them and try to work out how many bags they’d need per year if they are using 3 per week and the answer is far more than the 80. What happens then? Do they store their rubbish for a few months until next April when the new quota arrives – ugh – or just dump it in the street in the forbidden black bags?

I don’t know but Big Brother is definitely watching and keeping track of our garbage around here.

Thanks for reading Jx 😘

(apologies in advance for the creepy end picture!)


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Yve on 14th July 2012 at 3:57 pm.

Apparently, adult (and that includes older children) pads can be collected by some authorities as biological waste, organised via GP. I was going to investigate this, with 2 boys in nappies, but thankfully, we got DS1 out of his night time pull ups just as rubbish collections went fortnightly and the hot summer that would make the bin really reek never materialised.


Sian Northey on 14th July 2012 at 5:34 pm.

We have green boxes for cardboard purple ones for glass green bags in summer for cuttings and green boxes for food waste or if you’re really lucky a large brown bin to put everything bar the food in. We recycle lots but we are still able to use our main rubbish bin fortnightly but I can imagine how difficult it is when you are limited with how many bags you get, maybe more can be given if they understand the circumstances , in our area help is available for elderly or disabled residents to put out bins and boxes


AutismMumma on 14th July 2012 at 8:03 pm.

That’s good to know, thanks 🙂


AutismMumma on 14th July 2012 at 8:04 pm.

I’m not sure, it’s going to be interesting come next January/February time!


apprenticeshipslife on 15th July 2012 at 6:01 am.

Here in Sunny Tonbridge we also have an issue with our council. As an early riser I recently caught a young lady with a clip board going through my bin, and taking items out of people’s bins and putting them in the black bin. I said nothing until she came onto my property and started to go through my bin. Remember this was at 5:00 in the morning. I pulled her up, she was freezing poor soul, I felt sorry for her for a minute! I invited her into my office, which is in my back garden and made her a coffee, whilst my darling Alison slept, and to my horror discovered that she was obtaining information to fine house holds not recycling correctly to the tune of £100 per time, if it occurs again, it changes to £100 per item. We are lucky our little Princess is in charge of recycling at her request, do you think this is taking it one step too far?


apprenticeshipslife on 15th July 2012 at 6:01 am.

Love the new appearance of the blog. Nice one Jeannette


AutismMumma on 15th July 2012 at 11:16 am.

Good grief!! Whatever next. Thanks for sharing that Peter, really a bit shocked!


AutismMumma on 15th July 2012 at 11:17 am.

Thanks 😀 I thought the theme – Spectrum – was quite appropriate too.


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