Milford Town Officers in several departments that I have been following are using scare tactics as bluff. It is akin to the bully on the block that is really a coward. The Health Department has published, several times, threats to fine non-recyclers. Have they ever, in fact, fined any household? I seriously doubt it. They have asked me to send in addresses of non-recyclers so that a letter (fine?) would go out. They claim that our collector is supposed to note for them a list of scofflaws. I have talked several times to the recycling driver and he tells me that he has done that but I question the validity of that source. Why would any collector who makes an extra $750 per ton from these bad citizens bite the hand that feeds it? I have asked for a list of violators who have not complied. None is forthcoming. This is an issue that seems to pervade other departments such as the Sewer Dept. and Animal Control. I will cover the Sewer Dept. in another blog as it is even more arcane than the Health Dept. Do you recycle? Do you like paying extra so that your neighbor can continue to scoff law? Isn't it time that we police ourselves and our neighbors when the law is not only broken but our Town uses taxes to support the scofflaws? We don't need to argue about the national political scene until we get our local house in order! We have plenty to talk about.
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