Left: taking out the trash too early may soon be illegal in Toledo
(Toledo, OH) I have a neighbor who is approaching 80 years of age. I watched as she used her walker to carry out her trash to the street this afternoon at 2:45 pm. Pictured at the left is the focus of her afternoon exertion.
Beginning next week my neighbor - who shall remain nameless - will be subject to a fine of $75 for such behavior. Toledo mayor Carty Finkbeiner has determined that the city will be a cleaner place to live if residents are prohibited from taking out the trash before 5:00 pm the day before pickup. Additional violations will result in fines of $150.
Toledo - it is no secret - has many problems. Unemployment is running near 8 percent, and in some sectors of the population (say, young central city males) it is as high as 25 percent. Crime problems in many neighborhoods make going out at night quite a risky proposition, and economic investment in the city is, at best, stagnant.
But Mr. Finkbeiner sees garbage as an important area of focus for city inspectors, and he intends to punish citizens who are early in their curbside trash placement.
I have heard many dubious ideas developed by politicians in the four score plus years I have walked upright, and more than a few of those have been by this particular mayor. The Toledo Trash Initiative, however, is among a select group of boneheaded laws that is likely to further alienate citizens of Toledo.
Mr. Finkbeiner: you were elected to manage city government and promote economic development, not to engage in bureaucratic terrorism of law-abiding citizens. Get to work on the important issues that face Toledo, and stop wasting our time with harebrained schemes such as this.