Of the many solutions put forward for curbing pollution, there is one more entry in the form of ‘Taxing the rubbish.’ Sounds strange! The suggestion given by Sir Michael Lyons, says councils could be given a power to impose a charge for waste collection. The tax will be possibly raised according to the amount of rubbish left by each house.
The proposal has been uproariously received. There is a hue and cry of how could such a tax happen. Critics have put forward the danger of the environment getting more polluted. If such a tax is imposed, it will put more burden on the pensioners and the middle- income households. Some referred to it as ‘tax bombshell.’ The idea was lambasted, given the effect that if one doesn’t pay the tax, his bins wouldn’t be vacated. It could have damaging consequences for public health and the environment. Such a tax will lead to a surge in fly-tipping and dangerous backyard burning. Or it would mean using bigger dustbins would amount to a bigger tax?
On the contrary, those in support feel that imposing such a tax would involve everyone in contributing towards reducing pollution. As to avoid paying a heavy tax, people would suffice to recycling their waste. The process would reduce the amount of waste they produce and encourage them to recycle and compost more of that waste.
Not a bad idea, isn’t it? But the repercussions will be serious. For example, in a country like India where more than half of the people live below poverty line, how can such a measure take place? In order to avoid paying a hefty tax, people would take to measures that could harm the environment instead. Composting and recycling waste requires a patio, a courtyard. How many people are fortunate enough to be owners of such a palatial household? Moreover, the more splendid the building is, more the council tax for houses will be. Any takers?