The City of San Antonio, Texas, recently made a decision to charge residents who put trash in their recycling bins. Every day, the city’s recycling bins are inspected and tagged, leaving offenders to pay a $25 fine.
While residents are upset over the new fine, the city is claiming that the fine is not a fine and that it’s a “non-compliance fee.” Despite the fact that all the tags and distributed letters use the word “fine,” the city claims they used that word over “non-compliance fee” because it thought it would be easier for residents to understand.
News 4 San Antonio has more details:
The City of San Antonio's recent decision to charge citizens who put trash in their recycling bins is considered a disincentive for some, while others are taking issue with the semantics behind the ordinance.
Erich Dallman has been recycling for a long time, and while he credits his wife with doing a very good job of sorting , he doesn't like the idea of the city going through his trash.
"They are going through my personal stuff, even though it is only trash, there could be things in there that maybe I don't want people to see," said homeowner, Erich Dallman.