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Man’s epic rant over council two-bag rubbish limits goes viral as he likens rules to ‘War and Peace’

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A frustrated resident’s online rant about a council’s “draconian” two-bag rubbish limit every fortnight has gone viral.
Darren James said he posted the 1,100-word rant on Facebook after his council nor its contractor could tell him what to do if residents recycle everything they can but still had more than two bags.

Since it went up on Wednesday, the post has been shared 1,500 times and received more than 100 comments from fellow residents, some of who described it as “brilliant”.

In the post which starts “Dear Bridgend Refuse Collection Department”, Darren branded the new scheme – designed to help Bridgend county reach the Welsh Government’s recycling target of 70% by 2025 – “draconian”.
He likened the list of new rules on what should be recycled in which box to the Tolstoy epic War and Peace.

He said the council has also made it clear “that the refuse tips will be guarded in future by a Moses-type figure with a staff, who will not allow you to pass if you have any waste that has been failed to be sorted or is not recyclable”.
Darren, 45, from Bryncethin, Bridgend, said with three adults and one “grown-up teenager” in the house, he fails to see why they should be “capped” at two bags per fortnight, the same as the “little old lady who lives next door”.
“There should be very little left to go into waste bags once you consider that the new system enables households to recycle cardboard, egg boxes, birthday cards, waxed drinks cartons and tetra packs, paper, newspapers and magazines, telephone directories, catalogues, shredded paper, junk mail and envelopes, plastic bottles including milk, drink or shampoo bottles, food containers including yoghurt pots and margarine tubs, plastic cups, non-black food trays, punnets, aerosols, foil trays and containers, food tins, drink cans, cooked and uncooked food including meat, fish, bones, peelings, tea bags and pet food, glass bottles, jars and more.

“It will also be possible for householders to recycle textiles, shoes, small electrical items, batteries, mobile phones and spectacles by placing them in a plastic bag at the kerbside, and there will be a separate collection for nappies and absorbent waste, plus an optional garden waste collection scheme.”

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