Now The European Union Starts To Ban Recycling

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    Now The European Union Starts To Ban Recycling
    It’s a fairly usual part of modern government to try to increase the rate at which people recycle used items. Sometimes it’s a very sensible practice indeed (we’ve been recycling gold for millennia precisely because it is so valuable) and sometimes it’s really rather silly (no trees are saved by paper recycling as we make paper from trees that we grow specifically to make paper). But more recycling is generally seen as a good thing. Which is what makes this latest piece of tomfoolery from the European Union so strange:

    But the thousands who regularly sell their home-made jam, marmalade or chutney in re-used jars may have to abandon their traditions after a warning that they are breaching European health and safety regulations.

    Legal advisers to Britain’s Churches have sent out a circular saying that while people can use jars for jam at home or to give to family and friends, they cannot sell them or even give them away as raffle prizes at a public event.​

    No, it’s not a spoof. It really is true that those tasked with running an entire continent, the bureaucrats in Brussels, think that putting home made jam (jelly to you perhaps) in used jam jars should be and is a crime. With serious penalties too:

    The agency said it was up to local authority environmental health officers to enforce the regulations, and penalties can reach a maximum of a £5,000 fine, six months’ imprisonment, or both.​
     
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    As we say in England...FUCK the EU! Apart from yet another of their stupid laws being unenforceable, how will they ever tell a recycled jar from a newly purchased one!
     
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    Agenda 21.
     
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    I looked into this EU law and it seems it's a storm in a jamjar. The law has been in place for eight years and there have been NO prosecutions. So, carry on regardless and fuck the EU! Hopefully, England will be rid of these social engineering twats in the not too distant future.
     
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    That seems like a health related issue, rather than a recycling one. Either way, it doesn't make much sense to me. It reminds of the milk debate here in the states. If people are okay buying a certain product, knowing full well the health risks, then people should be allowed to sell said product.
     
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    My wife is in a branch of the food business in the EU that includes markets, and she has heard nothing of this.
     
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    Cleaning the jars isn't enough, they have to be sterilized. Some people can be lax about that.
     
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    NOW?!?! It's an eight year-old law that isn't being enforced. Typical wingnut, living in the past!
     
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    Ow, well, then, obviously then it's all made up.

    Or she just hasn't heard of it.
     
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    Typical leftist, not wanting to acknowledge the idiocy his politics is capable of.
     
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