Right ! It’s time now to get down to brass-tacks . No more fudging or shilly-shallying .No more let the dear little half-wits have their huge bonfires and gradually burn the entire country to the ashes. I’ve seen the stacks of pallets that are annually consumed by flames in Norneverland. Never mind, the so-called “Political ” ,or dare- I- say , “Cultural” pursuits of the dear little fire-starters every year, there is the simple fact that what we are witnessing is the sinfully abhorrent waste of resources.
I want to know , if only out of curiosity, where the wooden pallets and possibly even where the rubber tyres originate.It is the question of the day. indeed it is a huge elephant in the room .Someone from across the world ,even mused a few weeks ago as to whether the wooden pallets were specifically shipped in on special barges , to be burned. The imagination reels at the idea. Even from a conservation point of view, the idea that there is this astounding quantity of seemingly perfect wooden pallets available to be burned like so much kindling every year. This , at a time when the lungs of the earth,the rainforests , are being decimated and cleared of timber.
There has to be something very wrong going on here.If there are so many spare pallets to be burned, why is this so? Surely a wooden pallet is a perfectly re-cyclable item. Even if it could not be re-used for its original purpose and even though the timber may not be of the best quality, there are bound to be many uses that such an immense quantity of short timber planks could be put to.It only takes imagination.
If there is a never -ending variety of coloured -recycling bins for domestic home use, surely there is a huge black hole in the system here that a million wooden pallets is slipping through and greedily being swallowed up. They are ending up as ashes , being wasted on bonfires.At home I am currently working two wheelie bins for domestic rubbish and garden waste , plus two boxes for glassware , cans and various plastics. My local council expects me to do this and I find no reason not to comply .It makes a bit of sense to save any resources possible, rather than wasting them.
A possible solution to the abysmal waste might be to enforce some kind of legislation, but another way might be to introduce more of the composite pallets into the system by law. It should not be a stretch to make them fireproof either, which would immediately solve the problem.Some wag mentioned that some of the national flags that were to be burned on the fires proved to be made from fireproof material and were the only things to survive.If the authorities are not prepared to tackle these things on a health and safety basis, or on a dumping issue of criminal proportions , surely they should try another tack where they will not have to get their hands dirty.
In the meantime , I’m still curious as to who the suppliers of these mountains of pallets are and why there isn’t a list of them in the hands of the police.I’m sure I’m not the only one with these musings.