Toronto to fine people who refuse to recycle
How do you get tough on people who refuse to recycle?
If you live in Toronto, you slap them with a $105 fine.
Starting in 2009, the City of Toronto will launch Canada’s toughest action to force people who refuse to use their blue boxes to get with the program. If they don’t, they’ll be forced to pay.
The city won’t necessarily take a heavy-handed approach — at first. Homeowners who don’t put out their blue boxes will receive a letter encouraging them to start. Continued refusal to participate in recycling will then result in a visit from a bylaw officer. After that, the resident could be fined.
For years the city has undertaken educational efforts to promote recycling among residents. The decision to implement fines is seen as the next logical step for those residents who simply refuse to use their blue boxes.