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DC Resident Fined Thousands For Not Recycling Cat Litter
Fox 5 - Washington D.C. ^ | December 13, 2011 | Matt Ackland

Posted on 12/13/2011 9:03:48 PM PST by bamahead

WASHINGTON - It's the law in D.C. - recycle or face a fine from the Department of Public Works. But is enforcement of the law going too far?

Dupont Circle resident Patricia White says she has been fined eight times for throwing homemade cat litter in her trash. The fines total $2,000. White says she shreds old newspaper and junk mail to use as cat litter. She believes she is helping the environment by reusing the paper and avoiding cat litter you will find in stores.

After being fined several times, White says she called the Department of Public Works inspector who issued the tickets. According to White, the inspector admitted to digging through trash looking for violations. White even appealed the violations in D.C. court. Judge Audrey Jenkins agreed with the inspector after White explained the situation. FOX 5 tried to reach Judge Jenkins, but her office has declined to comment.

D.C. Council Member Jack Evans says DPW is going too far with its recycling enforcement. He demanded a meeting with DPW Director Bill Howland to discuss White's case.

White says she will continue to fight the citations and continue to dispose of her cat's litter in the trash and not in the recycling bin.

(Excerpt) Read more at myfoxdc.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bloodoftyrants; catlitter; govtabuse; kittyping; lping; nannystate; policestate; tyranny
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1 posted on 12/13/2011 9:03:52 PM PST by bamahead
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To: Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; albertp; Alexander Rubin; Allosaurs_r_us; amchugh; ...
According to White, the inspector admitted to digging through trash looking for violations.



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2 posted on 12/13/2011 9:05:11 PM PST by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: bamahead

Oh, yea! By all means let’s give these people full representation in both houses!


3 posted on 12/13/2011 9:05:31 PM PST by mwilli20 (BO. Making communists proud all over the world.)
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To: bamahead

hahaha. I bet the dingbat votes democrat and donates to greenpeace


4 posted on 12/13/2011 9:05:57 PM PST by mamelukesabre (.)
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To: bamahead

Easy to fix.

Put the paper in the recycling bin.

Never mind that its loaded with kitty crap...


5 posted on 12/13/2011 9:10:12 PM PST by DB
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To: bamahead

She’s got to buy a recycler’s license or sumfin.


6 posted on 12/13/2011 9:10:54 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: bamahead

Huh?


7 posted on 12/13/2011 9:11:11 PM PST by mnehring
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To: bamahead
Dutiful Lefty gets crapped on and finds reality in voting consequences.
"That will never happen to me"
8 posted on 12/13/2011 9:11:17 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: bamahead
she will continue to fight the citations and continue to dispose of her cat's litter in the trash and not in the recycling bin.

Good thing too. It has to be a violation of Federal EPA Hazmat regs to throw cat shit in the recycle bin.

9 posted on 12/13/2011 9:12:38 PM PST by Poison Pill (Obama is the hopium of the masses)
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To: bamahead

So just what are you supposed to do with it?

Lost enough freedoms yet? Paying for enough useless things and public employees yet? I’d say we have gone far enough when we collect enough tax money to pay for people to dig through trash looking for cat crap.


10 posted on 12/13/2011 9:15:07 PM PST by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average.)
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To: Sequoyah101

You are so right.


11 posted on 12/13/2011 9:19:26 PM PST by handmade
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To: Sequoyah101

I’d probably be thinking about throwing away a bear trap the week after. A set bear trap.


12 posted on 12/13/2011 9:22:11 PM PST by mamelukesabre (.)
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To: DB

I think I’d go into the maggot farming business and give the sorry bastards something really interesting to find while they are digging in the trash looking for violations.

Another alternative is to take it to the dumpsters at chitty hall for disposal or carry it in fast food bags to the office of the inspectors and the judge.


13 posted on 12/13/2011 9:25:31 PM PST by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average.)
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To: Sequoyah101

All public employees need to be term limited so they can experience the private sector. Retire public pension plans and benefits. We are creating a dependent class of elites that are a cancer on society. It takes about one day to train a public works worker. Most private sector workers are more than qualified to do this job for two years and then return to the private sector.


14 posted on 12/13/2011 9:33:25 PM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: bamahead

Amazing. I throw whatever I want in the trash (we don’t have recycling bins) and no one looks at it.


15 posted on 12/13/2011 9:44:26 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: bamahead

Simple to fix this problem, just put the shredded paper in the recycle bin. You get to be rid of the trash and they get to sort through your cat’s s##t. Not only do you get to be green but you have the dividend of sending a message to the Public Works Department in DC. I say if they are going to give you crap, just give it right back and more. Put a wastepaper basket in your bathroom, like they do south of the boarder and let them have all the paper.
Pretty green huh, and disgusting.


16 posted on 12/13/2011 9:56:17 PM PST by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: bamahead
Wait a minute. I read it as saying she is being fined for putting old newspapers and junk mail in the trash, not the cat poop itself.
17 posted on 12/13/2011 10:00:48 PM PST by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Kitty litter ping.


18 posted on 12/13/2011 10:00:52 PM PST by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: Ken H

The city’s stance is she should be recycling the cat poop & pee laden paper, not tossing it.


19 posted on 12/13/2011 10:03:34 PM PST by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: bamahead

How do you recycle cat feces?

Feed ‘em back to the cat?

(yeah, okay, I know it might work with dogs . . .)


20 posted on 12/13/2011 10:04:46 PM PST by Stosh
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To: mamelukesabre

That would be “entrapment”. :)


21 posted on 12/13/2011 10:06:23 PM PST by blackpacific
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22 posted on 12/13/2011 10:28:33 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Nailbiter

bfl


23 posted on 12/13/2011 10:58:06 PM PST by Nailbiter
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To: DB

I was thinking the same thing!!!


24 posted on 12/13/2011 11:46:29 PM PST by Morgana (Rent this Space....Cheap)
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To: Poison Pill; DB; bamahead; All

I am told that in DC you are not supposed to recycle pizza boxes because of the food particles stuck to the cardboard. Why would they want cat litter in the recycle bins. Oh, I get it, rats eat pizza, but run away from cat waste.


25 posted on 12/14/2011 12:29:53 AM PST by gleeaikin
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To: bamahead

That’s ridiculous. I can guarantee that no one working at a recycling center wants to deal with paper soaked in cat urine or mixed with cat feces. Nor is this type of paper recyclable, since materials contaminated with biological waste are NOT recyclable (even if sterilized).

So what if the woman wants to save a few bucks by shredding paper to use as cat litter? If her cats will use it, fantastic. It’s expensive enough to live in DC as it is.


26 posted on 12/14/2011 3:57:54 AM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: bamahead

So the inspector digs through the trash; just think of the inventive minds working on what can be put in the trash waiting for inquiring hands.


27 posted on 12/14/2011 4:17:57 AM PST by Truth29
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To: exDemMom

In general, recycling is more about indoctrination than anything else. A daily ritual that reinforces the religion of deep ecology. In this particular case, though, I think we have a bureaucrat who WILL be obeyed.


28 posted on 12/14/2011 4:23:58 AM PST by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: bamahead
...the inspector admitted to digging through trash looking for violations.

Since this inspector has nothing to do but dig through trash, perhaps his job description should include sorting the trash. After all, the homeowner is paying the inspector's wages and should get something of value for his "work."

29 posted on 12/14/2011 5:06:27 AM PST by CPOSharky (The only thing straight, white, Christian males get is the blame for everything.)
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To: bamahead
She is recycling the newspaper, just not in a manner approved by the DC bureaucrat in charge of recycling rules and regs.

You get what you vote for, sister.

30 posted on 12/14/2011 6:03:32 AM PST by onemiddleamerican (FUBO and all your terrorist buddies)
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To: mamelukesabre

A set bear trap can get you in a lot of trouble. Try loose broken glass mixed in with your refuse instead.


31 posted on 12/14/2011 6:26:09 AM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: bamahead

Insanity.


32 posted on 12/14/2011 6:28:18 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Recycling is voluntary here, and we carry our cardboard, newspapers, and other recyclables downtown to the giant bins they have there.

We're sure happy that we bought that pick-up truck.
33 posted on 12/14/2011 6:30:37 AM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: mamelukesabre
Not your own trash. The recycle Nazi must go through 1,000 bins in a night. Give him(or her) a special thnk you in front of somebody else’s dumpster.
34 posted on 12/14/2011 6:31:02 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: bamahead
Soon they will make you rent a pet waste bin to set on the curb...
35 posted on 12/14/2011 7:11:19 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways a Guero y Guay Lao << >> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona)
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To: bamahead
Soon they will make you rent a pet waste bin to set on the curb...
36 posted on 12/14/2011 7:12:05 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways a Guero y Guay Lao << >> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona)
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To: Truth29; Slings and Arrows

The 5 boroughs of NYC do the same thing. My mother used to live in the Bronx and her niece was fined for putting a plastic hanger in the “plastic recycle” bin....reason, that PLASTIC hanger was garbage!!!


37 posted on 12/14/2011 7:43:18 AM PST by NoGrayZone (Stay involved..because stupid people are running America! - Herman Cain - Amen!!!)
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To: Truth29; Slings and Arrows

The 5 boroughs of NYC do the same thing. My mother used to live in the Bronx and her niece was fined for putting a plastic hanger in the “plastic recycle” bin....reason, that PLASTIC hanger was garbage!!!


38 posted on 12/14/2011 7:45:40 AM PST by NoGrayZone (Stay involved..because stupid people are running America! - Herman Cain - Amen!!!)
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To: Poison Pill

“DPW recycling investigators are looking for evidence of co-mingling of trash with recyclables.”

It would seem to me that the biological wastes are NOT recyclable, yet the DC environazi wants her to comingle trash with recyclables. So no matter what she does, she can be fined.

Wonder what she did in the past to earn this regulator’s ire!


39 posted on 12/14/2011 7:46:59 AM PST by gnickgnack2 (QUESTION obama's AUTHORITY)
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To: gnickgnack2
"Wonder what she did in the past to earn this regulator’s ire!"

It seems to me, once they find you have "broken the rule" once, they figure you'll do it again, so they will continually search through your garbage.

That's how it works in NYC anyway.

40 posted on 12/14/2011 7:49:58 AM PST by NoGrayZone (Stay involved..because stupid people are running America! - Herman Cain - Amen!!!)
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To: exDemMom

“So what if the woman wants to save a few bucks by shredding paper to use as cat litter? If her cats will use it, fantastic. It’s expensive enough to live in DC as it is.”

I’d hate to visit her house! I imagine there’s nothing in that recycled paper that covers the smell of cat urine...


42 posted on 12/14/2011 8:55:41 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (There are two kinds of people: those who divide people into two kinds and those who don't.)
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To: NoGrayZone

Sounds like revenue enhancement. As a freeper whose name I can’t remember said, there’s not a dollar in your pocket that the municipality - any municipality - doesn’t think isn’t rightfully theirs.


43 posted on 12/14/2011 9:40:18 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: bamahead

Remember this, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq58zS4_jvM

Green Police in Cleveland
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91Au4C0H7EY


44 posted on 12/14/2011 10:42:30 AM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: bamahead

“the inspector admitted to digging through trash looking for violations.”

This reminds me of the BTK killer......control freak.


45 posted on 12/14/2011 11:43:20 AM PST by CSM (Keeper of the "Dave Ramsey Fan" ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: BenLurkin

We received these big bins that the truck can pick up automatically. I hate the damn things. I used to just leave my bags at the curb and the trash man picked it up. So the Dumtards in my city decided to eliminate the 2nd guy, but tell us that it is a green solution for improved gas mileage...

I’m supposed to be happy to try and roll that damn thing through snow, back and forth, and when they leave the lid open have to empty out the rain. Let alone I haven’t figured out how I am going to clean it....I can’t even reach the bottome. I’m supposed to be happy about this because they will produce less exhaustion.

Yet, where they used to take one trip down my street, with a guy slinging bags into the truck, now they have to take 2 trips down my street so the auto arm can pick up on each side. Their claim of less pollution is crap!


46 posted on 12/14/2011 11:53:58 AM PST by CSM (Keeper of the "Dave Ramsey Fan" ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: CSM

Stick a couple of mousetraps strategically in the trash. Then when someone is poking around they might hurt their fingers, and learn a lesson.


47 posted on 12/14/2011 12:21:36 PM PST by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: Stosh

my dog likes the litter version- like a crunchy tootsie roll to her.

I think this paper varitey would be more like opening presents to her.


48 posted on 12/14/2011 12:30:48 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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To: Inyo-Mono
Stuff such as this is what one gets when they think that someone from the government needs to come and wipe their butt after they take a crap.It does not start like this, it ends like this.

It begins with an "Elect me and I will give you free, money, housing, drugs, "health care" and on and on. Once the sheep consider themselves property of the Government, only bad things happen to them from that point on.An unfortunately, we have too many of them in the United States today.

49 posted on 12/14/2011 12:38:56 PM PST by sport
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To: Sequoyah101
I’d say we have gone far enough when we collect enough tax money to pay for people to dig through trash looking for cat crap.

That about sums it up for me...

50 posted on 12/14/2011 2:47:40 PM PST by JrsyJack (a healthy dose of buckshot will probably get you the last word in any argument.)
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