Coming To Your Town: The Green Police (Recycling Fines)

A few years ago, the Bountiful City Council and Mayor surreptitiously forced all residents to pay for a recycling program.  Prior to that time, I had warned residents to pay close attention to the Mayor/Council as I did not believe the Council could be trusted to keep the program as a voluntary option.  Two months later (as noted above), the Council and Mayor proved they couldn’t be trusted and proved my warning right.

After the council pulled their stunt to require all to pay for their pet program, I warned that other cities have moved beyond that and were actively fining (though a “trash police”) residents for not recycling enough.  Apparently the list of cities doing so is growing (Cities Increasingly Turn to ‘Trash Police’ to Enforce Recycling Laws):

Beware the green police. They don’t carry guns and there’s no police academy to train them, but if you don’t recycle your trash properly, they can walk up your driveway and give you a $100 ticket.

They know what’s in your trash, they know what you eat, they know how often you bring your recycles to the curb — and they may be coming to your town soon. That is, if they’re not already there.

In a growing number of cities across the U.S., local governments are placing computer chips in recycling bins to collect data on refuse disposal, and then fining residents who don’t participate in recycling efforts and forcing others into educational programs meant to instill respect for the environment.

From Charlotte, N.C., to Cleveland, Ohio, from Boise, Idaho, to Flint, Mich., the green police are spreading out. And that alarms some privacy advocates who are asking: Should local governments have the right to monitor how you divide your paper cups from your plastic forks? Is that really the role of government?

Take this a yet another warning on this issue.

P.S. Please consider recycling in bins at schools and businesses instead of the city program.  Why? Schools gain funds from the material and businesses typically donate the funds to charity.

Update: Maybe Audi’s commercial isn’t that far off:

One thought on “Coming To Your Town: The Green Police (Recycling Fines)

  1. Sounds like a pretty liberal group of officials there in Bountiful! I will definitely be keeping a vigilant eye and ear to what is going on up here in Cache Valley. I hope we can keep government out of our trash cans!

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