Letters from the readers: charities can do more to reduce plastic waste

Reader Neil Barber is infuriated by unwanted weekly delivery of charity bags

Is it only me, therefore, who is beyond the exasperation of unwanted weekly delivery and immediate disposal of charity bags?

I’ve looked up and down on ‘collection day’ and there’s maybe a bag or two full on the sidewalk, which means that every week several hundred are sent to the landfill on our street alone.

I was in the front yard when the delivery man arrived this week. I returned the bag to him, asked him to stop and explained to him that we were an environmentally conscious family, that we had no children, that we rarely bought clothes and that the only bags plastic that we have ever handled were the ones he posted in our letterbox.

His solution: “Put a big sign on your door saying No Charity Bags!” I explained that then we would have a big ugly sign on our door simply to police his intrusion and unwelcome posturing. He shrugged and jogged off.

Don’t get me wrong, I would have important causes such as children’s hospices across Scotland and cancer care and research properly funded through progressive taxation and not by begging for second-hand clothes.

But it gives a bad image to the charities involved which every week make households complicit in this blatant environmental pollution.

Spend SfP funds on garbage worker salaries

Our bin men are municipal workers whose work is essential.

Meanwhile, other council members are finding money for their frankly deranged studding of our streets with rubber and plastic hazards for cyclists like me, in the name of ‘Spaces for People’

What are the odds that if they put it to a vote by all of us, we’d say put the ‘Spaces for People’ budget in the trash men’s pay packets – and vote them a special bonus to collect all the rubber and plastic absurdity?

Michael Upton, Edinburgh.

Truss’ big push for independence

Although Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss aren’t too popular north of the border, Ms. Truss, who has insinuated herself into the traditional hard-right of the Conservative Party, appears to be our new Prime Minister.

Again, most of us will just have to choose a prime minister who is not our choice. After suggesting that Nicola Sturgeon is an ‘attention seeker who should be ignored’ and that British workers are ‘lazy’, Ms Truss’ offensive remarks can only bolster support for independence, I imagine.

If her childish words resonate with voters who are reluctant to vote Yes to independence after voting No, she could inadvertently play a big role in the breakup of the Union.

If her remarks about the Scottish Prime Minister and working people weren’t offensive enough for some, it emerged that when Ms Truss was deputy director of the right-wing reformist think tank she co-wrote a paper which called for pay doctors. be removed, patients should be charged for appointments, child allowance should be removed and winter fuel allowance should be removed.

If we really care about our NHS and our care sector, they are far too valuable to be left in the hands of Liz Truss and her right-wing Tory cronies.

To be fair to Ms Truss, from day one of running for the Tory leadership she made it clear that she did not like progressive taxation, which is essential in a decent society.

Jack Fraser, Musselburgh.

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