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PUBLISHED: 14:52 21 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:29 05 July 2010

WHEN I returned from a period overseas just before Christmas I found my little food caddy on the doorstep.

As I am used to recycling in the USA and here I was happy to bring it into use even though most of my raw vegetable waste was composted and as a family we throw very little unused food away.

WHEN I returned from a period overseas just before Christmas I found my little food caddy on the doorstep.

As I am used to recycling in the USA and here I was happy to bring it into use even though most of my raw vegetable waste was composted and as a family we throw very little unused food away.

In order to be ahead of the game and as I was in Spar, in Pakefield, I asked for a supply of the special liner bags.

I was astonished, and not a little annoyed, to be asked for £3.99.

I did purchase a supply but I must register this protest at stealth taxation by Waveney District Council.

I did, however, notice on rereading that much of the publicity material for the caddy carries the name of “Gardening delights, making outdoors brighter”.

No doubt they are the ones making the money on the liners with a cut to Waveney Council.

I will think very hard about buying any further bags once this supply is used up and I suspect that most residents will not even bother to buy a supply when the initial one runs out.

I know it says you can use newspapers but what a kerfuffle. Wouldn't it be easier for vegetable peelings, apple cores etc, to be thrown directly into the green recycling bin as they are?

This would considerably reduce the amount of food going in the black bin assuming the packaging on out of date food is correctly recycled.

And some final thoughts: do not even think about charging for rubbish as the fly tipping problem is already unacceptable and as we are now being charged additional taxes to help meet our statutory obligations we should revert to the weekly collections that the vast majority of the residents and taxpayers want.

MICHAEL BRYAN

Deepdale

Carlton Colville

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