For years now it has been recognised that Britain is simply running out of suitable “holes in the ground” in which to dump the vast tonnage of rubbish we generate as a nation every year. That’s despite the great effort that has gone into persuading us to recycle.
As our population is artificially and unhealthily increased through immigration, so is the demand for landfill sites. It is not simply a question of digging more or bigger holes in the countryside. Landfill sites have to be carefully chosen, not least because of the need to prevent the contamination of ground water. There are, of course, a great many other environmental issues to consider.
Indeed, so severe is the problem in some parts of the country, particularly in London and the south east, that some local authorities are exporting garbage to the Far East and South America for disposal. Worse still, some private companies have also been caught out in the illegal dumping of hazardous waste overseas.
Only last year a London based company, operated by “Portuguese” migrants, admitted in court that it had illegally exporting non-recyclable household waste to Brazil. This followed accusations made by the Brazilian authorities that the UK was dumping unwanted contaminated waste on its shores – a case in point being the discovery by Brazilian officials of 89 containers containing 15,000 tonnes of hazardous waste on a quay side.
Other local authorities have invested in giant incinerators, despite the potentially grave environmental threats arising from carcinogens known to vent on occasion from their allegedly “clean” slacks.
Yet, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the number of households in England is projected to grow to 27.8 million by 2031 and this is set to have a significant impact on local authority waste management planning.
The figures indicate that the East Midlands, South West, East and Yorkshire regions are all projected to grow (in terms of households) by at least 30%. In addition, a spokesman for the Regional Waste Technical Advisory Board’s Yorkshire and Humber Committee is on record as stating:-
“The growth in housing numbers is significant for municipal waste management – as perhaps the biggest impact on forecasted levels of waste tonnage arising is the number of households in an area. In particular, the last five years have seen unprecedented levels of activity in the UK economy and consequently inward migration, and this also coincided with the accession states joining the EU. These variables will certainly change significantly over the next few years. However, it is true to say that demographic change, including higher birth rates in some parts of the country and smaller average households size, will lead to a natural increase in housing demand” and, hence, garbage.
In the final analysis Britain’s capacity for creating garbage is directly linked to population size. The greater the population, the greater the amount of garbage produced and the greater the problem of disposal. Conversely, halting immigration can only serve to curtail the growth in waste creation.
In the context of garbage, more immigration means, quite literally, more rubbish.