San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome is proposing fining residents up to $1000 for failing to sort their waste into the appropriate receptacles, and in extreme cases of anti-recycling deviance, garbage pickup might be stopped. Presumably, you won't be able to claim a rebate on your property tax bill, nor carry your rations home in anything other than cloth bags.
The proposal, which city officials said the mayor could bring to the Board of Supervisors in about a month, calls for every residence and business in the city to have three separate color-coded bins for waste: blue for recycling, green for compost and black for trash.And what better way to change behaviour than by threatening to take your money? This guy cares even more than Fenris, though his methods are not as effective.
Think of the jobs that will be created for bureaucrats and union workers in this sinister Kafkaesque ordering of the city. A fleet of newly hired garbage inspectors with a background in security will accompany the garbage collectors on their route, more office workers will be employed to process fines and pleas to have garbage pickup reinstated, and through that broken window the masses will continue to feed because taxpayer money is worshiped as ever abundant.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Posted by Lisa Turner on Tuesday, August 05, 2008