Skip to comments.DC Resident Fined $2000 For Not Recycling Cat Litter
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.
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.
Good for her
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.
She could haul her cat litter up to the Capitol and dump it inside the House. The smell would not be noticed.
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.)
ok throw the homemade kitty litter into the newspaper bin
or is there a fine for that?
May make the place smell better. You could probably light it on fire and it’d still make the place smell better.
Save the most pungent for the Senate;)
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?
disease ridden cat poop BELONGS in the garbage....idiots!
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
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!!!
Sounds to me a simple response by her would be “So you want it in the recycling bin instead? I can do that.”
Hilarious! Proof positive that D.C. has the biggest collection of officials who are "dumber than a box of rocks."
So if she put the used, shredded newspaper in the recycle bin, that would be OK?
If they want it recycled, I would recycle it. Catshit and all. Heck, I would add to it just for a laugh.
Or, box it up and send it as a present from your cat to the inspector at the Department of Public Works!!!
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.