I like this idea from the Environment Agency in the Telegraph article quoted in the lead post.
"The agency said householders could help to tackle the problem by giving more recycled goods, such as books, old television sets and video games consoles, to second hand shops."http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/enviro ... apses.html
What a gloriously idiotic idea. In any case, charity shops normally won't touch electrical goods because of H&S. Dumps won't let you take away anything these past couple of years, least of all electrical items. One part of the system in conflict with another?
This is the most incredible mess, it's cost a fortune, it wastes everyone's time, it inconveniences everyone, and it's worse than useless.
As labeling goods recycled to fit an EU quota - I don't know how the directive in question came about, but I bet that our clowns played their full part in it, and then did all the bits which were optional to the full and more.