Regular Gurn reader WHEELIEMADBINLADEN told us earlier today: "I can’t believe it. I found a sticker on my full brown bin this morning. Council recycling crew refused to empty it because it has BARK in it. Is bark no longer considered recyclable ! It’s on a par with the mad cap political thinking in Europe that it makes sense to throw good fish over the side when fishing boats land catches of a species that are not meant to be in their nets. Someone’s barking and it certainly isn’t me!"
This observer visited the scene of the incident and had the opportunity to handle some of the offending material, it was very thin and easily crumbled in my hands. It would have been ideal material for a well-managed compost heap. Our upset correspondent went on to show us the sticker on the bin that tells residents that "small branches" are OK. Now as a bit of an amateur horticulturist I would recommend thin bits of bark in a heap rather than small branches - there you go though. Rules is rules?