While the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, they also are apparently useful for lining litter boxes. Washington, D.C., resident Patricia White has been cited eight times by the city’s Department of Public Works and has accumulated $2,000 in fines for placing shredded paper and junk mail used as cat litter into the trash rather than the recycling bin. White told a local news outlet that she feels shredding the paper herself and repurposing it as litter is more beneficial than recycling it and argues that the pet waste-contaminated paper is no longer suitable for recycling. The DPW feels differently, and was backed up by a judge, who sided with the inspectors after White appealed the citations. She has since gained the support of a member of the city council and plans to file another appeal.
White should count her blessings, lest she end up like the kids down the street who are now serving juvenile detention for the insidious crime of using a perfectly recyclable refrigerator box as a fort.