Sued by City for not making garbage

@Modestah (11192)
United States
February 4, 2008 4:44pm CST
A man was being eco and community friendly by recycling and composting to the point that he was not creating trash enough to require garbage pickup service - so the town is suing him! http://www.greendaily.com/2008/01/30/sued-for-going-green-city-takes-legal-action-against-man-who-re/
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10 responses
@my52cents (569)
• United States
4 Feb 08
That is crazy. Obviously the city wants the revenue they would expect to receive from the man, but it's still crazy. Reminds me of years ago in Virginia Beach when we had water shortages and everyone was taught and told to conserve water. The conservation measures worked so well that people used less water and had lower water bills - so the city took in less money from water bills than they had anticipated for the city for the year. What did they do? They raised the water rate so that, even though we used less, we ended up paying the same or even more. Follow the money, as they say.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
5 Feb 08
I think you are right that it has to do with the potential loss of revenue and perhaps a fear that other residents will follow suit. I hope he wins his case as they want to sue him for the court costs as well. It sounds like certain areas of California are hypocrite when it comes to the Green Issue
• United States
5 Feb 08
I too think that it is a case of lost revenue.
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
4 Feb 08
That is stupid, I think the city should be grateful that he is not contributing to the mess in the landfill.. And I applaud this guy, I do all kinds of recycling and composting and still have garbage. I guess if I were to really watch what I bought, (containers for all my food would have to be recyclable), I think it could be done..
• United States
5 Feb 08
That's a good idea, huswyf, it takes us about 2-3 weeks also because of all the composting/recycling we do.. The problem is, sometimes if you are not careful, you buy some product, and either the package or something with the package can't be recycled or composted.. Like my husband forgets sometimes and buys the eggs in the styrofoam, even though I have told him many times to get the cardboard ones so we could recycle it...
@crazed_moma (1054)
• United States
19 Feb 08
NOw that's just retarded. What will they do next?
@SukiSmiles (1998)
• United States
10 Feb 08
My goodness that is crazy. I can understand - our recycling can is always full or over full while our trash can is rarely even half full. It's amazing how much stuff we throw away that can be recycled.
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
7 Feb 08
Well, this is certainly a great example on the part of the city. Here, we teach recycling and sustainability in schools. What does this tell people about how the government actually feels about reducing our environmental impact? (On the other hand, here, our city government makes money off of recycling programs, because everything gets sold to the processing plants that make recycled products).
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
5 Feb 08
That is absolutely absurd. First we have it preached to us over and over, 'reduce, reuse and recycle.' Then we do it and get sued for not having garage?! I'm sure, as a previous poster pointed out, that the bottom line might be loss of revenue on the town's part. I have to shake my head in disbelief at this one.
• United States
5 Feb 08
This is crazy. How can you be punished for not making trash? Why are they punishing him for making a smart choice for the world. I would love to get to the point where I could consider canceling my trash services, But now I know to call first and see if I will be sued.
@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
5 Feb 08
You would think that the city would be absolutely grateful to this man for trying to set an example and trying to live a more eco-friendly life as we all should be doing and essentially he is being punished for it! It's just outrageous! Well, I know not to move to San Carlos, California anytime soon! God forbid I decide not to have trash pick up!
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
5 Feb 08
Oh for cripes sakes!!!! What will be next?
@Fishmomma (11451)
• United States
5 Feb 08
The city should employ him to help the rest of the area reduce trash. Sadly, our landfills are increasing every day. The city should be applauding him for trash reduction.