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DC Resident Fined $2000 For Not Recycling Cat Litter
Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2012 | Helen Whalen Cohen

Posted on 02/24/2012 9:50:43 AM PST by Kaslin

D.C. resident Patricia White has received 8 fines, totaling $2000 for not recycling old newspapers which she uses as cat litter. Ms. White told Fox News DC that she wanted to help the environment by shredding old newspapers and junk mail instead of buying cat litter from stores. Unfortunately for her, it is illegal to not recycle in DC, and she has incurred the Department of Public Works' wrath.

Dupont Circle resident Patricia White says she has been fined eight times for throwing homemade cat litter in her trash. The fines total $2,000. White says she shreds old newspaper and junk mail to use as cat litter. She believes she is helping the environment by reusing the paper and avoiding cat litter you will find in stores.

 

After being fined several times, White says she called the Department of Public Works inspector who issued the tickets. According to White, the inspector admitted to digging through trash looking for violations. White even appealed the violations in D.C. court. Judge Audrey Jenkins agreed with the inspector after White explained the situation. FOX 5 tried to reach Judge Jenkins, but her office has declined to comment.

So this is what it has come to in DC. Perhaps someone from the Department of Public Works should read Professor Don Boudreaux's 'I Recycle', and keep in mind how resourceful Ms. White's actions really are (and maybe reevaluate the wisdom of rooting through peoples trash to make sure they are cleaning according to their standards):
Consider a typical day.
 

After I awaken, I shower and dry myself with a towel that I’ve had for a few years. I use this towel day after day. I don’t discard it after one use. When it gets dirty, I toss it in the washing machine to clean it for further use. I recycle my towel.
 
Then I brew coffee and fix breakfast. Each day I use the same coffeemaker that I used the day before. I clean it after each use, recycling it for the next time. My wife and I drink the coffee from mugs that have been used many times in the past. (Actually, one set of our coffee mugs was handed down to us after my wife’s parents used them for several years.) We also eat our breakfasts using dishes and utensils that are recycled from countless past uses. After breakfast, we don’t throw our mugs, dishes, and utensils away; instead we put them in the dishwasher to be recycled for yet another use.

 
After breakfast, I dress myself in clothes that I’ve worn before and that I will wear again. My underwear, my pants, my shirt, my necktie, my belt, my coat, my shoes, my wristwatch, all are recycled from previous uses. And when I remove these clothes at day’s end, I’ll recycle them again, with the help of our automatic washer and dryer.
 

When my wife and I drive to work, we drive automobiles that we used the day before and that we’ll drive for the next few years. We don’t junk them after a single use. Instead, we recycle them, day in and day out.

 
The pots and pans that we use to prepare our meals, our toaster, our refrigerator, our television, our compact discs, our furniture, and, indeed, our house itself are all routinely recycled, use after use after use.
 

My family and I recycle a lot! And we’re not alone. Everyone recycles a lot.
Ms. White says that she will continue to fight the fines and keep throwing away her cat litter in the trash.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: catlitternazis; environazis; greenpolice; recyclenazis
Ms. White says that she will continue to fight the fines and keep throwing away her cat litter in the trash.

Good for her

1 posted on 02/24/2012 9:50:47 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Mine go up in smoke as I use them to start the charcoal in my Weber grill. My recycling container is in my garage full of tools and stuff.


2 posted on 02/24/2012 9:53:45 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Kaslin

She could haul her cat litter up to the Capitol and dump it inside the House. The smell would not be noticed.


3 posted on 02/24/2012 9:54:25 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to bring America back from the brink.)
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To: Kaslin

Ah liberalism. Such tolerance. Such open mindedness. Such freedom from intrusion.

They worry about us in their bedrooms. Guess we have to worry about them in our garbage bins. At least we have proof they are doing that. I’d dare them to cough up a case where we are literally in their bedroom looking for perversion. (Hint: we don’t have to be in the bedroom to see their perversions.)


4 posted on 02/24/2012 9:55:24 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Kaslin
Cat litter issues are serious business in the DC area. The cats' needs are why the Washington Post stays in business.
5 posted on 02/24/2012 9:55:55 AM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Kaslin

ok throw the homemade kitty litter into the newspaper bin

or is there a fine for that?


6 posted on 02/24/2012 9:56:09 AM PST by Mr. K (Were the Soviet-Era propogandists as gleefully willing as our Lame-stream Media?)
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To: sodpoodle

May make the place smell better. You could probably light it on fire and it’d still make the place smell better.


7 posted on 02/24/2012 9:56:29 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Save the most pungent for the Senate;)


8 posted on 02/24/2012 9:57:21 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to bring America back from the brink.)
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To: Kaslin

Used to live in Washington state, where they would charge us some amount of money, per month, to recycle. They would then drop off bins for aluminum, plastic, newspaper and a big garbage can. We returned the bins.

Let’s see; I pay you $$ to haul my garbage, then I pay you more $$ for you to pick up the same garbage that I hand-sorted. If I make a mistake in sorting, then you fine me $$.

How about you just take my money and haul my garbage to the dump, and let me live my life?


9 posted on 02/24/2012 9:58:06 AM PST by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: Kaslin

disease ridden cat poop BELONGS in the garbage....idiots!


10 posted on 02/24/2012 9:58:43 AM PST by goodnesswins (2012..."We mutually pledge our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor")
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To: Kaslin

ah, she’s a dumb zealot

she ought to throw her kitty litter shreds in the newspaper recycling bin. It might add a nice aroma to the Washington Post

problem solved


11 posted on 02/24/2012 9:59:06 AM PST by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: Kaslin

Ewwww! I have 9 cats who use REAL litter. The stench from that can be overwhelming and I clean litter boxes everyday. I can’t imagine what shredded newspaper and junk mail used as cat litter would smell like.

But, I DO agree with another poster who suggested she dump it on the Capitol steps. I would go further and suggest that she dump it beneath Chuck Schumer’s or Barney Frank’s desk!!

THEY would not be able to detect the stench from their own!!!


12 posted on 02/24/2012 9:59:59 AM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: Kaslin

Sounds to me a simple response by her would be “So you want it in the recycling bin instead? I can do that.”


13 posted on 02/24/2012 10:00:22 AM PST by 21twelve
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To: sodpoodle
Did you see this comment that someone made?

Hilarious! Proof positive that D.C. has the biggest collection of officials who are "dumber than a box of rocks."

14 posted on 02/24/2012 10:00:53 AM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

So if she put the used, shredded newspaper in the recycle bin, that would be OK?


15 posted on 02/24/2012 10:03:21 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Kaslin

If they want it recycled, I would recycle it. Catshit and all. Heck, I would add to it just for a laugh.


16 posted on 02/24/2012 10:03:55 AM PST by healy61
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To: Kaslin
Ms. White says that she will continue to fight the fines and keep throwing away her cat litter in the trash.

Or, box it up and send it as a present from your cat to the inspector at the Department of Public Works!!!

17 posted on 02/24/2012 10:23:22 AM PST by varon (Allegiance to the Constitution, always. Allegiance to a party, never!)
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To: Kaslin

As an aside ...

Libs love to recycle newspapers - “Newsprint in landfills still readable fifty years later blah blah blah”.

Libs are petrified of carbon emissions - “Global warming! We’re all gonna die! Must sequester CO2! Pump it into big caves underground for eternity!”.

Now, the contradiction...

When trees grow, they extract carbon from the atmosphere. Turning the trees into newsprint and burying it in landfills accomplishes their goal of getting carbon out of the atmosphere. But, if you actually do that, they go nuts (for most, it’s a short trip).

But then, the essence of being a modern liberal is the ability to simultaneously hold fast to two contradictory concepts.


18 posted on 02/24/2012 10:23:46 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Mr. K

PERFECT.....rofl


19 posted on 02/24/2012 10:27:09 AM PST by annieokie
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To: Kaslin
What do you bet that this (like most) recycling mandates started out as voluntary.
20 posted on 02/24/2012 10:29:27 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: sodpoodle

Actually, that would improve the smell of both houses.


21 posted on 02/24/2012 10:30:40 AM PST by Above My Pay Grade
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To: Mr. K
ok throw the homemade kitty litter into the newspaper bin

That is exactly what I would do with it.

22 posted on 02/24/2012 10:33:08 AM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% more sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: Kaslin

This is why the statists don’t want you to be able to contract for your own trash pickup; it gives them no power to micromanage your behavior to their liking.


23 posted on 02/24/2012 10:35:35 AM PST by Joe the Pimpernel (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to dismember anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Kaslin
Green Police
24 posted on 02/24/2012 10:38:16 AM PST by Girlene
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To: Kaslin

In a more free country like, say...Libya, Tunisia, or Egypt these oppressive bureaucrats would be put up against a wall and shot.


25 posted on 02/24/2012 10:38:59 AM PST by MeganC (No way in Hell am I voting for Mitt Romney. Not now, not ever. Deal with it.)
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To: Kaslin

The Statists want to control what you do with your garbage. I live in a town (Bellingham WA) run by liberal morons, but they haven’t made it illegal to refuse to recycle. Yet. But when they do, I will keep doing what I do now: everything goes out it the trash. If they want to dig through my trash, they will find some unpleasant surprises waiting! I refuse to allow the liberal thugs to control me.


26 posted on 02/24/2012 10:44:22 AM PST by Astronaut
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To: Kaslin

“The bigger the government the smaller the citizen.”


27 posted on 02/24/2012 10:44:27 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Kaslin
This is not about what is logical or reasonable.

This is about "subjection", the nanny state cannot possibly tolerate any shred of "resistance" or "defiance".

---

"Rebellion to Tyrants is obedience to God"

Reverse side of the First Committee U.S. seal proposal.

The first committee consisted of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams.

Franklin chose an allegorical scene from Exodus, described in his notes as "Moses standing on the Shore, and extending his Hand over the Sea, thereby causing the same to overwhelm Pharaoh who is sitting in an open Chariot, a Crown on his Head and a Sword in his Hand. Rays from a Pillar of Fire in the Clouds reaching to Moses, to express that he acts by Command of the Deity." Motto, "Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God."


28 posted on 02/24/2012 10:46:43 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Kaslin

She knows nothing about recycling. She’s doing it half way.

This young lady CAN recycle the cat littered newspapers even further. She could probably rinse off the newspapers with the water she uses to wash her dishes or do her laundry. Then she can start a worm farm. Those worms love shredded newspapers and as a reward they provide the owner with lovely soil for her potted plants.

She can take the used shredded newspapers, boil it and then make starter pots for seedlings. Use the soil the worms created from the previously used newspaper.

She can take the used shredded newspaper, dump it on a layer of newspapers, roll it and tie it with a string. She can place this ‘log’ in the newspaper recycle bin. Poop and all.

Heck. She could just flush the used newspapers down the toilet. Carefully.

She’s not smart enough to recycle 100%.
She’s better off paying the $2K fine.


29 posted on 02/24/2012 10:54:49 AM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: WayneS; Mr. K

Our county garbage guys are pissy about yard waste.

They don’t like the fact I just rake my back yard and put everything in the bin for pickup. I have three dogs and the garbage men don’t like the poo in with the leaves and pin straw.

Man, it all goes to a giant compost pile. I would think the dog poo would help the composting.


30 posted on 02/24/2012 11:01:44 AM PST by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: Kaslin
I am astounded at the clever detective work and untold law enforcement assets that were used in the apprehension of this dangerous criminal.

No wonder DC is so safe.

31 posted on 02/24/2012 11:12:58 AM PST by HIDEK6
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To: Texas Fossil

Conditioning. Small potatoes compared to the planned coming 2014 BONDAGE of Arbeitsziehungslager.


32 posted on 02/24/2012 11:17:20 AM PST by Varsity Flight (Phony-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager)
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To: Kaslin

“Ms. White says that she will continue to fight the fines and keep throwing away her cat litter in the trash.”

She needs to pour a mixture of ammonia and Clorox together into the kitty litter as she throws it out. As the fat nose inspector opens that package, he will be overtaken by the poisonous fumes and no doubt pass out.

.


33 posted on 02/24/2012 11:19:04 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Kaslin
"...she wanted to help the environment by shredding old newspapers and junk mail instead of buying cat litter from stores. Unfortunately for her, it is illegal to not recycle in DC, and she has incurred the Department of Public Works' wrath."

And yet, it has probably still not dawned upon her that this is not at all about the environment, but about control.

34 posted on 02/24/2012 11:21:43 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Hodar

“Let’s see; I pay you $$ to haul my garbage, then I pay you more $$ for you to pick up the same garbage that I hand-sorted.”

It’s them getting us to do their job for them. Of course the woman was fined- she was taking away a money making source from the recycling company. We’re such fools. They get us to sort all this stuff out for them so they can make money off it and we pay them to do it.


35 posted on 02/24/2012 11:23:06 AM PST by pops88 (Geek chick over 50)
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To: DuncanWaring
But then, the essence of being a modern liberal is the ability to simultaneously hold fast to two contradictory concepts.

Nah, it's the disinclination to hold fast to anything, except for abstract Marxist stuff they make up.

36 posted on 02/24/2012 12:09:14 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: pops88
It’s them getting us to do their job for them.

Sure. They got us to give them an open-ended power to assign people work. With that in hand, there is no end to the amount and kinds of work that they will find for you.

The mistake was giving them the call in the first place. People have to do their own thinking, or these guys will run the table on them.

37 posted on 02/24/2012 12:23:12 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Kaslin
Proof positive that D.C. has the biggest collection of officials who are "dumber than a box of rocks."

If they're so dumb, why is she fighting the fines, while they kick back and smoke a cigar she paid for?

38 posted on 02/24/2012 12:25:22 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Kaslin
Since she seems to be in the spirit of recycling she should start a compost heap and use the newspaper/litter there.
39 posted on 02/24/2012 12:28:55 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Kaslin
D.C. resident Patricia White has received 8 fines, totaling $2000 for not recycling old newspapers which she uses as cat litter.

Eight times?

Stupid question.
Why doesn't she simply put her used kitty litter in the recycle bin?
Problem solved.

40 posted on 02/24/2012 12:35:46 PM PST by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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To: Kaslin

Ummmm... REALLY?

1) she IS recycling the newspapers. As kitty Litter.
2) once the newspaper is contaminated with chemicals, isn’t it prohibited to send it to a recycler? Uric Acid, ammonia? Wouldn’t she get fined for sending to a recycler?

This is complete stupidity.


41 posted on 02/24/2012 12:45:09 PM PST by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: Publius6961

Maybe she doesn’t have one.


42 posted on 02/24/2012 12:52:35 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Above My Pay Grade

Why do you think it’s the federal government and not the local government?


43 posted on 02/24/2012 12:56:56 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Varsity Flight

Arbeitsziehungslager = Re-education Camps

SD bastards in charge.

Might as well just send Texans directly to the prison camps, re-education is impossible.

There is a difference though, U.S. citizens own weapons. Many know how to use them. Most understand what we are facing.

Fully 20+ percent of the total civilian firearms in the U.S. are in Texas. We also have the factory that makes the glass parking lot pavers.

Obozo may get some surprises.


44 posted on 02/24/2012 8:12:02 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Varsity Flight

Arbeitsziehungslager = Re-education Camps

SD bastards in charge.

Might as well just send Texans directly to the prison camps, re-education is impossible.

There is a difference though, U.S. citizens own weapons. Many know how to use them. Most understand what we are facing.

Fully 20+ percent of the total civilian firearms in the U.S. are in Texas. We also have the factory that makes the glass parking lot pavers.

Obozo may get some surprises.


45 posted on 02/24/2012 8:20:29 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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