Yet another breaktakingly dumb proposal emerges from liberal San Francisco: Mayor Gavin Newsom wants to fine those who don’t separate their trash $1,000, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. According to the Chronicle:
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.
We’ve long known that recycling is of dubious value. Maybe it’s time for San Francisco officials to revisit the classic article, “Recycling Is Garbage,” by John Tierney (New York Times Magazine, June 30, 1996).
You have to wonder if it would make any difference, though, because recycling is a sacrament in the green religion.