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San Francisco May Institute the Garbage Police

I have no words to express how utterly stupid this is. Gavin Newsome wants to institute a $1000 fine for San Franciscans who don't sort their trash correctly. WTF???

Garbage collectors would inspect San Francisco residents' trash to make sure pizza crusts aren't mixed in with chip bags or wine bottles under a proposal by Mayor Gavin Newsom.

And if residents or businesses don't separate the coffee grounds from the newspapers, they would face fines of up to $1,000 and eventually could have their garbage service stopped.

The plan to require proper sorting of refuse would be the nation's first mandatory recycling and composting law. It would direct garbage collectors to inspect the trash to make sure it is put into the right blue, black or green bin, according to a draft of the legislation prepared by the city's Department of the Environment.

Imagine your garbage collector coming to your front door.

"Ma'am I can't collect your garbage because you failed the City of San Francisco's mandatory garbage inspection. Your banana peels were in with the plastics. I'll have to write you a ticket."

Un-freaking-believable.


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They already do this (not a... (Below threshold)
Mac:

They already do this (not as high a fine) in Wisconsin

Seattle followed S.F.'s lea... (Below threshold)

Seattle followed S.F.'s lead recently by implementing a .20-cent tax (the City Council calls it a "fee"...fee,my ass) on every plastic and paper bag you get.

Given that, I have no doubt Seattle will still follow lock, stock and goosestep on this one, too.

Pathetic.

I've heard that NJ does thi... (Below threshold)

I've heard that NJ does this already, but it's a $75 fine. But this is wrong. You don't want some paper goods that your pet used for a litter box to be recycled as paper napkins that you put your mouth on, etc. Some paper is extremely dirty with serious bacteria and needs to be thrown away and not recycled. I say let each household decide what goes in what bins.

Cities and garbage haulers are making a lot of money selling scrap to China right now, so you know that this plays into all of this. The garbage haulers, some of which are known to be owned by a NJ organized crime family, collect on both ends of garbage, they charge steep fees to the homes that throw stuff out and make money by selling scrap for as much as $1,000 for a large bail to China.

So which bin do we heave ol... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

So which bin do we heave ol' Gavin into? Recycling, compost or trash?

Seattle, which ships its ga... (Below threshold)
Regret:

Seattle, which ships its garbage to Oregon, already requires all residents to recycle -- or risk a fine or have their garbage left at the curb. Next year, the city will require single-family homes to compost or sign up for food-scrap recycling.

The link is to a Penn & Tel... (Below threshold)
RB:

The link is to a Penn & Teller Bullsh*t segment on recycling. I think it fits here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SC3CZBDz7Wg

Can we fine San Francisco f... (Below threshold)
Mike:

Can we fine San Francisco for refusing to sort out criminals who are illegal aliens?

Just askin' ...

Damn Liberals. Pretty soon... (Below threshold)
Gabe:

Damn Liberals. Pretty soon nobody is going to want to live in SF and they will all move. Lets see what they decide to do then when their city collapses. IDIOTS!

The ignorant peasants still... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

The ignorant peasants still won't get it. Make it a felony with a mandatory five year sentence on the second offense.

Hey, Milwaukee is taking away a man's house because of an unpaid ticket, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Constipation.

If we start allowing the peasants one ridiculous exception after another, pretty soon nothing works and municipal governments everywhere will get no respect at all.

No...more like - Hey Lorett... (Below threshold)
DoninFla:

No...more like - Hey Loretta, mix some dog shit in with the garbage and sell as dope to that stink'n hippy, Dr lava, next door.

dr lava, we know you hold u... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

dr lava, we know you hold us in great contempt. You've told us too many times to count, but if you think we really give a crap ... well then, the joke's on you.

Whsat can you expect from a... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Whsat can you expect from a city of full of "HAPPY" people? duh

The trash that needs taking... (Below threshold)
Maggie:

The trash that needs taking out in SF isn't
what goes in the bin, it's all on two legs.

San Fran and its scrupulous... (Below threshold)
OLDPUPPYMAX:

San Fran and its scrupulously leftist political class allow illegal alien felons to run the town, but by God don't you dare mix the greens with the watermelon rinds. These lunatics make NY city seem like a bastion of common sense. Incredible that the citizenry allow this to go on, year after year!

You get what you pay for th... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

You get what you pay for there.

After seeing LGF operative Zombie's last photo essay on a SF 'gay' pride celebration I can't help but wonder what mentality it takes to be so extremist that politicians get to decide how you will sort your trash so they will pick it up, it is after all a service paid through taxes.

The bottom line is there are enough people there that agree with this inanity to allow it to happen.

"they would face fines ... (Below threshold)
marc:

"they would face fines of up to $1,000 and eventually could have their garbage service stopped."

Service stopped? Sorting problem solved.

So where's the problem?
/sarc off.

"Un-freaking-believable", n... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

"Un-freaking-believable", not in 'happy' city. LMAO When you sort your garbage make sure everything that can be traced back to you is really seperated. Take the remainder and dump it on the mayor lawn, that will help his 'weed' grow. Only fools would even think of visiting SF today. Insanity is wide spread in the city and may be catching.

Paul, you've heard wrong. ... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Paul, you've heard wrong. The state of NJ does not do this. NJ is a home rule state, and many regulations are set at the lowest levels (township, borough, city).
The recycling rules in my home town are different then at my friend's house, 3 blocks away but accross a border, for example.

In my town, however, you can get a warning, and eventualy small fines, for failing to sort out bottles (glass and plastic) from garbage. The max fine (3rd fine and any after) is $100 per incident, and you cannot get more than one incident in a week.
You can get substantial fines for failing to recycle hazardous stuff properly. Things like car batteries, paint cans, chemicals etc. Which my neighbor learned when she was caught tossing stuff in the lake and burrying in he yard. The weird part is that displosal is free, you just need to take it to the county depot (10-15 minutes away) or to Home Depot or Pep Boys (batteries, paint etc).

As for the mafia... you've seen too many episodes of the Sopranos

Do you notice how lefty cit... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Do you notice how lefty cities and states have this kind of crap going on? I mean, how pathetic are these peoples lives? Nevermind. ww




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