PA considers fines for people who don't recycle

March 11, 2010 1:43:15 PM PST
The city of Palo Alto is now considering fining residents who repeatedly throw away items that could be recycled.

A new proposal would not only include fines, but in some cases, repeat offenders could have their trash collection service cutoff.

Officials say, if it is passed, the new ordinance would go into effect in July. Fines would not be issued until after the first year of public education.

Public works staffers say nearly half of what is currently thrown in garbage bins is actually recyclable and compostable.