An alternative to the incinerator
The authorities seem to have exhausted all the other options
to the incinerator, but have they considered loading a good proportion of our
waste into containers and sending it back where it came from...China.
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Our landfill sites are overflowing with Chinese made
products and the stores are full of the next batch for the coming future.
China is an emerging country with a massive manufacturing
facility and are currently spending £Millions by swarming all over the
continent of Africa raping it of its precious and other metals and would
probably welcome our recyclables to the point they may even pick up the tab for
the shipping costs which would mean we get rid of it for free.
Plymouth could lead the way by setting up a twinning link with
an industrial waterside city in China and begin a trend other cities in the UK
could follow. The idea would reduce the amount of waste to be disposed of
locally and we wouldn't need an incinerator parked in the middle of the city,
something most find hard to believe was even considered, never mind agreed by
On another subject, isn't it time potential manufacturers
considered making quality equivalents of the rubbish China sends us.
I recently had to replace my Chinese made washing machine
with a similar one as I'm from a low income family because it gave up the ghost
after just five years service, much to the amazement of the salesman who
claimed he'd never known a Chinese washing machine lasting THAT long. It's hard
to imagine, but today's machines don't even last a quarter of the time that a
British made one would have 30 years ago and time has shown they are the
subject of false economy.
Alongside the Chinese selection were some German made
washing machines at more than treble the price and there must be a market for
them as the Germans are hardly likely to build things they can't sell.
China is not short on wealth and there are thousands upon thousands
who'd just love to show their neighbours an expensive quality built appliance
sat in the kitchen with a Union Jack badge stuck on the front.
Or maybe the Germans need the export revenue more than we
NB. When setting up a twinning association, there's no need
to send our politicians to China, invite the Chinese over here at their expense
and load them up with armfuls of holiday brochures to take with them when they