Heavy trash zero-tolerance

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Mayor White’s heavy trash policy, where people who put it out too early get cited, has some residents complaining:

“I’ve lived here 39 years and in that time, I’ve set my heavy trash out twice, and I get a ticket,” he said.

He wasn’t alone. Several of the mostly senior residents at the recent Kashmere Gardens Super Neighborhood meeting expressed uncertainty about Houston’s new heavy trash schedule.

But confusion about their trash day — and how early they can place it in front of their residences — won’t keep them from being ticketed under Mayor Bill White’s zero-tolerance policy under which citations are liberally handed out to people who set tree limbs, tires, furniture and other big items early.

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Ignorance of the schedule or absentmindedness will not prevent tickets ranging from $50 to $2,000 for schedule violators, he [Houston Police Officer Tony Emanuel] said.

I wonder how much money the city has collected so far?


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