Yep,I realised after spending too long thinking about it that actually the council had succeeded in my circumstances.

After all the council is not trying to be a successful refuse collecting company. They don’t profit by collecting my rubbish. They just don’t want flytipping. And by putting me off with their evil pricing they’ve saved themselves the hassle of collecting some rubbish with no downside since I’m never going to ‘flytip’. It’s illegal.

Instead I will one day hire a company who specialise in this and are probably cheaper. Or leave it for the next owner..

To determine the price elasticity they need to talk to people who do flytip; my opinion is irrelevant. However I’m glad you agree about How they implement the prices.

Regarding a contract I wouldn’t sign it because I don’t need to; I have a conscience that holds up my side of the bargain and makes me (try) to be a good citizen. However I’m not convinced that the conscience of an organisation is as strong as that of the individual, therefore the council would be more likely to break it (and even if an organisation has a conscience, it has little of the follow-up guilt when it does fail its citizens).

One thing this made me think of (might have read it here?) is what it means to be a good citizen – e.g. people used to grit the pavement in front of their homes – now they grit their paths and moan at the council about the pavement. Could be a generation thing – I’ve never used the grit box things and wouldn’t be sure that I’m even allowed to. Genuinely not sure what they’re for…

But better communication and mutual understanding between council & citizens about things like this would strengthen everyone’s role and the council citizen relationship. A bit like a contract…