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Yesterday the Examiner ran a story on Eddie House, a guy that, through concern over the environment, managed to reduce his household waste to next to nothing through recycling, giving scraps to his dog, etc. Where it gets screwy is that the local refuse collection service has now sued Mr. House for no longer requiring their services.
Originally posted by PsykoOps
What law is this based on? Is there a law in place that requires you to make trash and have some specific service gather it? I'm hoping to see this one go to court and the trash company laughed out from the room.
The lawsuit claims House broke the city’s municipal code requiring all residential, commercial and industrial properties to contract with Allied Waste for pickup at least once a week
Originally posted by Equinox99
Sorry to tell you guys but the city can't do nothing to this guy. He pays taxes, which pay for his garbage pick-up. Unless he stopped paying his taxes the city is going to lose this.
Celsius | City Sues Man for Canceling Trash Service | " mudkip "
They aren’t misreading the statute. It is designed to require trash removal at least once a week. Otherwise people might accumulate trash for longer periods of time, which would smell, potentially spread disease, and would be unpleasant for neighbors. They might also just have one person in the neighborhood have a trash removal contract and all use that neighbor’s trash cans, which could threaten the financial viability of disposal so that no one could get their trash removed. In any event, this sort of residential control by local government is commonplace and quite legal. While this is not exactly the sort of case it was intended to apply to, the statute is unambiguous and requires all residents to have a contract with the disposal company.
Celsius | City Sues Man for Canceling Trash Service | " Brandon Abell"
As the poster above alluded to, it’s a municipal service that’s been privatized. There’s an expectation that everybody chips in to keep it going though economy of scale. If you were to somehow completely fireproof your home, should you be excused from paying the portion of your property taxes that pays for the fire department? Should a rich person not have to pay for police just because they pay for their own private security service?