Refuse collectors in the Netherlands are being followed by close protection officers after getting the power to issue red and yellow cards to force householders to properly recycle.
I wish I could say ‘You couldn’t make it up’, but there’s no need to, is there?
The new football-style card system has led to a series of rubbish rage incidents in the south of the country, with collectors threatened, abused and one bin lorry hemmed in to a street by furious householders who had not had their waste taken away.
Heh! Even the Dutch worm turns. And do the powers that be realise they’ve gone too far?
Reader, they do not.
The Netherlands has been a pioneer in household recycling with some municipalities charging for the collection of bin bags which contain non-recyclable rubbish, and asking householders to separate refuse into up to seven different categories.
Because everyone has the time for that….
However officers known as the buitengewoon opsporingsambtenaar (BOA), who are not police but have the power to arrest suspects and issue fines, had to be brought in to protect the refuse collectors of Best, a town near Eindhoven, after they became responsible for not only collecting the rubbish but inspecting it and dishing out cards to recalcitrant households.
I guess the only burning question is which one of the seven bins do you throw the card into? Or the still-warm corpse of the idiot council worker?
Yellow cards are issued to warn people if they have wrongly separated their waste. Red cards are given to repeat offenders, and their rubbish is left to rot on the side of the road, leading to angry confrontations.
Wait, the punishment is to … leave the rubbish to rot? Is this Holland or a Third World country?
The mayor of Best, Hans Ubachs, said: “A garbage man was told: I know where your children go to school. That is unacceptable.
“They must stay away from our people, and also from the people who work for us. Residents are not allowed to bother these men in their work, threaten them verbally or swear at them. Fortunately, no physical violence has yet been used.
“The uniform of the BOA radiates authority. We continue with it until the garbage collectors feel safe again.”
Ah. No, not a Third World country. An EU country. With typical EU attitudes to the people who pay your wages.
Are we leaving yet?