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Old 23.03.2019, 18:19
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Re: Fine from the Police for recycling on the wrong day

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The victim of the crime is anyonewho could have heard any part of what you did: the sound of your driving there, of your car door banging, (and some drivers leave the engine idling while they jump out), the klinking of the chain, the thud of the bundle, and all that again as you leave. And anyone who breathed in the fumes. And the costs to every tax-payer of having set up the system and of enforcing it.
But pretty much all of those things would have happened had I driven to the Dechetterie and not put the paper in! And it's not a crime to drive on Sundays.

While that may seem petty, the Sunday recycling rule is part of a larger network of laws aimed at keeping Sundays and nights quiet.

If you zoom out a bit, you could see your adhering to the Sunday recycling rule as part of your contribution towards keeping down the costs, for society, of medical treatments and disability pensions for physical and psychological ailments resulting from stress or lack of proper rest.
My contribution would be tiny. If Swiss people were that stressed by the sound of a car on a Sunday, hearing some paper drop would really not contribute.

I get it, Switzerland is a different place to the UK, and its attitude to by-laws is at odds with the Anglo-Saxon approach, and I have to get used to that.
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