Meet Charles Banister. He is the Chairman of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners in Gwinnett County, Georgia.
Ostensibly, Charles Bannister and the bulk of Gwinnett County is Republican.
From the AJC:
While neighboring counties encourage recycling, Gwinnett County’s new solid waste management ordinance puts teeth into it. The ordinance provides for a civil fine of $500 for violations, which includes those who fail to “source separate residential recovered materials.”
Mandatory recycling is not common in metro Atlanta, but Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charles Bannister said the move is in line with a state policy that local governments develop plans to reduce solid waste by 25 percent.
Ladies and gentlemen, a Republican County Commission Chairman in a Republican county in a Republican state is making it a crime to not recycle.
The kicker, of course, is that the county is also going to start putting the cost of garbage collection in property tax bills so residents won’t be able to keep track of the costs.
Let’s compare that to the Republican leaning county of Cobb, which is just west of Gwinnett. There, a private recycler is required to offer recycling services, but it is not mandatory.
In Democrat DeKalb County, recycling is voluntary with a $30.00 start-up fee for recycling containers.
In Democrat Fulton County, recycling must be offered by private haulers, but it is not mandatory.
In Gwinnett County? You get fined $500.00. And that was a Republican brain child.
You can reach Charles Bannister at 770.822.7010 or at [email protected] You might want to remind him what it means to be a Republican.
You can reach the other Gwinnett County Commissioners here.
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