Bin Monitors Deployed in Highland Region

At some point this morning, a passerby popped some juice bottles and crisp packets into my brown recycling bin. On seeing these clearly out of place items sitting atop the weeds and clippings and twigs, the binmen promptly refused to take it and slapped a red notice on.

The excuse reason is new monitors accompanying them on their rounds to ensure compliance to an unpublished white- and blacklist, so to reduce costs in sorting-out the deposited debris (if there even were a system in place to begin with) in preparation for agricultural soil conditioner.

Some of the excluded items are quite reasonable, from notifiable weeds such as Japanese knotweed and ragwort to non-organic garden waste such as furniture or old boots. I cannot quite see how soil will be excluded as, judging by today’s pettiness, residual soil on weeds tossed into the bin could be determined to be contravene the regs.


2 Responses to “Bin Monitors Deployed in Highland Region”

  1. Neil Jones (@ragwortfacts) Says:

    There is no such thing as a notifiable weed in UK law. This is a common misconception.

  2. efrafandays Says:

    You know what? I just have realized what’s meant by ragwort, which I’d known as the irksome but not-really troublesome chickenweed. That it’s got the suffix wort shows it’s been growing in this country for a long time, unlike stuff like Japanese knotweed.

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