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Cincinnati Becomes Latest City to Fine Residents for Improper Disposal

Cincinnati is the latest city turning to fines as a means of enforcing its disposal rules. 

According to WLWT.com,  the city will phase in the fines.

Until May 17, improperly prepared trash will still get picked up, but residents will see an orange tag left behind on the empty containers.

After May 17, questionable garbage will get left behind along with the orange tag, reminding residents to fix the problem.

Two weeks after that, fines go into effect, anywhere from $50 to $2,000, depending on the violation.

Other cities have considered or implemented fines in recent months. Kissimmee, Fla., said it was considered fines back in February. Seattle, meanwhile, implemented a mandatory composting plan back in January. Initially it was flagging 300 customers a day for putting too much food waste in their waste. More recently, Seattle announced it would suspend implementation of the $1 fines for violators.

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