I don't know how I feel about this...
When Pittsburgh began fining residents earlier this year for not complying with the city's mandatory recycling law, it was venturing into relatively uncharted territory. Few Pennsylvania communities with mandatory recycling laws fine residents.
As long as it is the cities I don't care, because if you don't like it you can always move. They point out the fiscal reason for forcing people to recycle.
Costa said failing to recycle costs the city money. It's paid $11 a ton for glass, cans and plastics and $30 a ton for newspaper, Costa said. Statewide, the average cost to take municipal trash to a landfill is about $57 per ton, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.
While America does produce huge amounts of trash, I am thing about all the time people spend sorting trash, and the extra time it takes to carry three different piles to the curb. While that time is not much per person it adds up.
You could do a cost analysis of how much time it takes and the value of that time to the individuals, but a lot of numbers would be guesses.
I have decided my biggest problem with the laws are that they are telling you how to spend you free time. The laws look at the social benefit and government cost, but not the personal time lost. In effect the laws disregard the control that you have over your free time. The government places society over the individual.
update: CNN poll
Is it fair to fine people who don't recycle?
Total: 66466 votes
HAAA HAAAA HAAAA HAAA, now that is funny.