CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) –
Recycling wrong could cost you starting Wednesday if you live in Cleveland.
City officials say the goal of a new enforcement program is to make the city “greener and cleaner.”
The city of Cleveland will be issuing $100 citations for recycling violations starting Aug. 1.
City officials began issuing warnings in early spring without the citations, in an effort to raise awareness of proper recycling.
Cleveland 19 caught up with people setting out their trash and recycling on West Boulevard near Edgewater Park to see what they think of the enforcement.
“I mean that’s kind of ridiculous. We have kids that might throw stuff in the trash and they don’t realize we’re going to be getting fined for it,” Alysia Hoffman said.
“I think it’s very steep, but it will make people think of what they throw in the recycle bin,” Russell Lewis said.
Lewis crushed cardboard boxes outside of his home Tuesday night and put them into his recycling bin.
“Is there anything specifically you do to make sure you throw out the proper things in recycling and in trash?” Reporter Sara Goldenberg asked.
“I read my rules,” Lewis answered, laughing.
What violations will get you a fine from the city?
-Trash mixed with recycling, which results in contamination.
-Waste outside of your bin.
-Carts set out too early. They should not be put out before noon the day before pick up.
-Carts set out too late. They should be brought in from the curb by noon the day after pick-up.
To see what you can recycle and what you can put in the trash bin, click here: Cleveland19.com
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