It’s less common than you think – I was reading this piece put out by ACE UK on carton recycling and it highlights to me the non-contiguous government policy

and plainly evident absence of common sense. Should we be surprised from a bunch of bureaucrats who needed the independent media to point out how to fill in an expenses claim form? http://www.packagingnews.co.uk/bulletin/packagingdailybulletin/article/979289/?DCMP=EMC-DailyNewsBulletin

From my own efforts I know central government will not engage on their blanket VAT rates for retail products which don’t discriminate between the carbon intensive and carbon sensitive (aka AQUAPAX carton vs any other bottled water). They are really good at passing enquiries between various departments and the reason there can’t be any change is always “something beyond control”.  Their whole thinking process appears to be driven by what the rule says, irrespective of whether it makes any sense or not. – I wasn’t going to use the expenses scandal as an example again, but now you mention it…

I’ve written to my MP’s (the one representing the community I live in and the one in the community I work in) and finally got an off-piste response from one (ignored by the other) clarifying how important the issue is and effectively underlining how they champion recycling initiatives which focus on recycling carbon intensive products / technologies while quietly ignoring more sustainable materials. That and a hair brained paragraph about potentially rewarding recycling with M&S vouchers! I’ve previously written on the politics of recycling and said it all before – whichever way you look at it the government’s recycling policies don’t make a great deal of sense…

Does make me wonder why we tolerate incompetence in government and why someone hasn’t come up with a better way of staying in touch with the zeitgeist. Message to DC – call me if you’d like some truly innovative thinking when you start looking at this mess and wondering how to clean it up.