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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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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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