Scene shouldered a little flak from readers earlier this month when we questioned Cleveland’s decision to hard-wire recycling bins across the city so The Man can tell if you’re taking out your cans and plastics on a regular basis. Our good government approach was swatted by the environmentally-minded amongst us who believe the program is a smart way to secure long-term savings.
But we weren’t the only ones saying what the f*uck. PD scribe Phillip Morris used his column inches earlier this week to beg the same question; Morris even goes as far as to throw around the label “garbage gestapo” — nicely said, sir.
Morris and Scene agree that, in his words, the program “just seems at odds with what should be the foremost priorities for a city that is physically unsafe, infrastructurally unsound and economically depressed.” Amen.
Morris' argument concludes with the following thoughts.
But why can't Cleveland encourage recycling without putting one hand on its resident's necks and the other on their wallets?
By aggressively monitoring and attacking residents who fail to recycle, the city makes it clear that it now views garbage in much the same way that it views automatic traffic devices such as red light cameras:
An opportunity to grab cash.
Which makes me wonder: What's next? What other new rules will residents be forced to comply with, or face financial penalties?
Cleveland desperately needs a lot of things. But a garbage Gestapo with the ability to levy fines isn't high on the list.