In these days of increasing environmental awareness we’re all being encouraged to recycle, right? Those of us with children know that their schools are pushing the message that it’s best to separate out paper, glass, drinks cans and the like for reprocessing – and to dispose safely of toxic items such as batteries.
So, as the Rhyl Journal reported recently, it came as a bit of a shock to taxi driver Paul Owen when, encouraged by his two daughters, he visited his local recycling centre in Rhyl to dispose of some household items and some old batteries – but was turned away because he was in his taxi.
Sure, rules are rules, and a commercial operator seeking to evade the fees for disposing of commercial waste should be given short shrift. But you’d think the attendants could use a bit of common sense, particularly in the case of a taxi which may be the driver’s only vehicle. And to respond to Mr Owen’s offer to return on foot by threatening to call the police was ridiculously over-officious. If there’s any doubt over whether the waste he was planning to get rid of was commercial or not, why not simply have a quick look at it and decide?