Sunday, February 20, 2011

Red Rubber Band Litter Costing Royal Mail £2,840 a Day

The Daily Telegraph has, once again, championed a cause of great importance. Thank goodness the Telegraph is there to advise us that Royal Mail has spent £5 million in the past five years on the red rubber bands that often litter Britain's pavements.

They clearly see the world as we do for they comment: Research by the organisation (Keep Britain Tidy) discovered that the items were found on eight per cent of streets surveyed – more than the number affected by dog mess.

Royal Mail is not, however, prepared to capitulate. A spokesman said: “Royal Mail uses biodegradable rubber bands because they are necessary when it comes to the effective sorting and delivery of the mail.

With all that said, the BBC reminds us that: Postal workers get through two million red rubber bands per day. Indeed: the amount the postal organisation spends on bands has increased by 40% in five years.

I am glad that this information is now in the public domain. While the Internet is awash with information about dog faeces, our streets are carpeted with red rubber bands.

I am confident that this was all kicked off by Paul Burns, who became a legend on this very blog.

I am equally confident that our readers are interested in local and world affairs. If they weren't, they wouldn't be with us on our crusade. There are revolutions taking place across the Middle East. Egypt and Tunisia have seen their presidents toppled. The vile regime in Libya is under threat, Bahrain teeters on the edge.

Closer to home, inflation rises, jobs are lost and the economy stands on the edge of collapse.

I say: "let's get after those rubber bands, nothing comes near to being that important"!

Telegraph here.

BBC here.


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