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Re: What's made you grumpy today? (Part II)

I don't have a problem with the Olympics: the major difference being that unlike fooballists, Olympians actually have a use in life, and fit their sport in around an actual, real job.

For example: a family friend has represented Team GB in the women's wheelchair basketball team no fewer than 4 times, yet she manages to work a full time office job...

Another example: I used to work with a dwarf who was a weightlifter, and could lift nearly 3 times his own body weight, yet works full time in a factory that makes life saving medical equipment...
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Next-door-neighbour frequently burns rubbish in a garden incinerator. (Like a dustbin with a chimney) So much so and so often, I'm convinced he brings rubbish home. Like a child playing with fire.
He recently got a job driving a van for a local furniture company.
Tonight he spent some time clearing out the back of the van, and now has a pile of cardboard packaging on his front drive, next to his wheelie bins.

That is commercial waste. To take it back from the customer to the store or warehouse is fine, as then it should go into the commercial waste skip. To offload it here, tidy the van and put it all back in the van strictly needs his home to be a registered waste transfer station, but with just clean cardboard, probably ok.
So to offload it here he needs to be a licensed waste carrier, and his home to be a licensed waste transfer station. If he burns it, he also needs to be a licensed waste processing site.
Probably a fail on all counts.

So what are his plans? My thoughts on options:
1. Burn it. More nasty smoke into my house as that's where the prevailing wind will bring it.
2. Take it to the local tip as domestic waste.
3. Put it out for the bin lorry.
All three are offences for commercial waste. So what should I do?

If I wait until he has a 'burns night', the evidence will be gone before the council arrive to investigate.
Should I report it now?

Thoughts?
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Next-door-neighbour frequently burns rubbish in a garden incinerator. (Like a dustbin with a chimney) So much so and so often, I'm convinced he brings rubbish home. Like a child playing with fire.
He recently got a job driving a van for a local furniture company.
Tonight he spent some time clearing out the back of the van, and now has a pile of cardboard packaging on his front drive, next to his wheelie bins.

That is commercial waste. To take it back from the customer to the store or warehouse is fine, as then it should go into the commercial waste skip. To offload it here, tidy the van and put it all back in the van strictly needs his home to be a registered waste transfer station, but with just clean cardboard, probably ok.
So to offload it here he needs to be a licensed waste carrier, and his home to be a licensed waste transfer station. If he burns it, he also needs to be a licensed waste processing site.
Probably a fail on all counts.

So what are his plans? My thoughts on options:
1. Burn it. More nasty smoke into my house as that's where the prevailing wind will bring it.
2. Take it to the local tip as domestic waste.
3. Put it out for the bin lorry.
All three are offences for commercial waste. So what should I do?

If I wait until he has a 'burns night', the evidence will be gone before the council arrive to investigate.
Should I report it now?

Thoughts?
There was a story recently about a woman who ordered something for her company from amazon, delivered to her home address, the opened the box took out the item and recycled the box in the appropriate waste, now obviously this is the short story and we donít know if this was a regular thing, but a busybody searched the recycling and saw the business name and her home address and she was very heavily fined for disposing of commercial waste in her home bin.

So if he bins it you definitely have a case for reporting it to the council.

If he burns it then again you have a very good case to report it to the council, obviously most places (well here in Norfolk) have little rules when it come to having a bonfire in your own back garden, but to burn commercial waste would require a waste management licence and would be against the terms of any licence if done at a commercial property.

Another story was a local farmer I used to know many years ago, farmers can burn waste itís part of agriculture, but he had another company on his farm that use to produce a lot of boxes and packaging, so he sent his labourers out under. The cover of darkness to burn it all in a distant field with some cuttings and old straw so to the casual observer they were burning agricultural waste. Totally against the law but it was his way around paying huge bills, I never did find out if her got caught but his other business went bust.

If he just loads it out and back into the van and takes it back to work then you probably canít really do much about it, in that case itís not really harming anyone, and if there were some rule or regulation he was breaking it would be unlikely to be worth the council doing anything about it, the cost of taking the case up, investigating etc would not be a good use of council money.

Thats my take on the situation anyway, and Iíd be pretty blood angry if someone was bringing home waste to burn when there is likely to be appropriate bins where he works to take that waste away
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From another source, it appears that the company is run by his partner's father. A family connection would explain why an employee was willing to dispose of commercial waste at home, to save the company the proper disposal costs.

About half the pile disappeared yesterday. Don't know where, but my guess is local tip as household waste. Can't see point in only taking half of it back to the warehouse.
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Except its clearly rotten as hell and the rubber is also all deteriorated and cracked to shreds.....

But no way of knowing these things are going to fail.
When I looked the day before there was surface patina and the bush wasn't as deteriorated.

Still if your superpower is accurately predicting exactly when a component is going to fail drop whatever it is you're doing as there's a team manager position going at McLaren. You would be an asset to any F1 team.

Anyway the Blyton drop link failure and subsequent curb sumping were a blessing in a very, very good disguise.

On an average track day I rack up around 250-300 miles. Having come home early, made repairs and my Alfa has been back on daily duties I covered 186 miles when the seal went in my clutch slave cylinder.
If that had gone on track it would have been near impossible to get the old girl home.

Best of all these things happen in threes so drop link, sump and slave. She should be sorted for a while now.
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Change the master cylinder while you're at it, they like to fail shortly after the slave and it's easier to do both at the same time.

145s consume front suspension components at an alarming rate, change anything that looks even slightly tired and stock up on wishbones, I get through a pair a year!
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Change the master cylinder while you're at it, they like to fail shortly after the slave and it's easier to do both at the same time.

145s consume front suspension components at an alarming rate, change anything that looks even slightly tired and stock up on wishbones, I get through a pair a year!
Sadly I had to replace the master on my GTV and it had been bodged before so I ended up taking the inlet manifold off to get to the pipes on the back.

Still have the 13mm pipe spanner "just in case".
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Somebody reversed our of their drive into the driverside front wing of my car as I was driving past - moved the car sideways.

Wing is all dented and pushed in, couldn't get the door open initially, arch liner busted. Hopefully no suspension damage, but he must have hit my wheel/tyre.

Immediately he said "how can you say who hit who" & "is just an accident". Told him the insurance company could deal with that.

Absolutely devastated, I know it's minor in the grand scheme of things, but it really hurts to see something you've put so much time/energy into and cared for so much damaged like that - especially as it's my first car and most prize possession (aside from a cuddly dog, but that's another discussion).
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Immediately he said "how can you say who hit who" & "is just an accident". Told him the insurance company could deal with that.

Absolutely devastated, I know it's minor in the grand scheme of things, but it really hurts to see something you've put so much time/energy into and cared for so much damaged like that - especially as it's my first car and most prize possession (aside from a cuddly dog, but that's another discussion).
Gutted..

To be fair unless he's going to say you swerved into his driveway or were driving dangerously it's going to be fairly hard for it be anything other than his fault.
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Gutted..

To be fair unless he's going to say you swerved into his driveway or were driving dangerously it's going to be fairly hard for it be anything other than his fault.
Thank you. Nice for a bit of reassurance, thankfully this is all new to me.

Yeah I reckon so. Dashcam footage has wide field of view so you can see him before I could - but you can see he doesn't even look back.
I was in first gear, couldn't have even been above 10mph and braked just before he hit. He was probably going faster than I was. If I had been going faster he'd have gone right into the drivers door, so coulda been worse I suppose.
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Thank you. Nice for a bit of reassurance, thankfully this is all new to me.

Yeah I reckon so. Dashcam footage has wide field of view so you can see him before I could - but you can see he doesn't even look back.
I was in first gear, couldn't have even been above 10mph and braked just before he hit. He was probably going faster than I was. If I had been going faster he'd have gone right into the drivers door, so coulda been worse I suppose.
Main thing is from the sound of it, it was your right of way, you were doing a reasonable speed below the limit..in which case avoiding you is all up to him.
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on a related note..

So which bit of the road am I having? Love it when people drive up the centre of very small roads with crap lines of sight. Good job I was doing half the prevailing limit..

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Although this wasn't today...I was just reminded as wife wanted a picture of surprise cow..

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on a related note..

So which bit of the road am I having? Love it when people drive up the centre of very small roads with crap lines of sight. Good job I was doing half the prevailing limit..

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There's a bit near where I work that's like that, if you can't stay on your side of the road - especially when you can't see what's coming towards you - slow the f'k down!


Basically everything here between Hag Hill Lane and the A636.


Edit: Just looking at that on StreetView provides a great example, as the Google car is being followed by a nob who can't stay on his side!
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There's a bit near where I work that's like that, if you can't stay on your side of the road - especially when you can't see what's coming towards you - slow the f'k down!


Basically everything here between Hag Hill Lane and the A636.


Edit: Just looking at that on StreetView provides a great example, as the Google car is being followed by a nob who can't stay on his side!
Appears to think a Renault Kangoo is 8ft wide..
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the way traffic is directed to Latitude Festival added 2 hours to my working day ffs
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