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San Jose to Step Up Enforcement, Fine Those Who Throw Trash in Recycling Bin

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    The City of San Jose is looking to step up enforcement, even fine people who constantly throw trash in the recycling bin. Ian Cull reports. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015)

    Do you know what you can and can’t throw in the recycling? If you don’t, it could cost you. The City of San Jose is looking to step up enforcement, and even fine people who constantly throw trash in the recycling bin.

    San Jose city spokesman David Vossbrink says a recent city audit found that 40 percent of the items found in recycling bins, are trash.

    “If we do have chronically difficult customers who are not responding to all the other efforts we have here then we'll look at enforcement tools here,” Vossbrink said.

    Those enforcement tools could come in the form of $50 fines. Vossbrink says education will be the main priority.

    “Our citywide goal is to achieve 100 percent recycling,” Vossbrink said.

    The city is now studying what kinds of trash are ending up in the recycling, to see what education they can provide.

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