We can all agree - recycling is good. However, should you have to pay a fine for your neighbor's inability to put a plastic water bottle in the correct trash bin?
This could become a reality for your community if a proposed ordinance, which would fine community associations up to $5,000 each time residents put their trash in the wrong container, is enacted.
Statewide, community associations are struggling to maintain services because far too many homeowners are unable to pay their association fees. If adopted, this measure could impose additional burdens on already financially strapped community associations.
The proposed Miami Beach ordinance would allow the city to fine community associations up to $5,000 each time the city finds recyclables in the trash, or vice versa. As we all know, fines incurred by the association are passed on to owners. Are you prepared to pay for your neighbor's Diet Coke can ending up in the wrong trash bin?
Specifically, the proposal would require city trash inspectors, as well as waste and recycling contractors, to notify the city if they find materials in the wrong trash bin.
Fines would be imposed on the following schedule:
● First violation: a warning or a fine up to $350;Furthermore, after an association is found to be out of compliance twice, the waste and recycling contractors can refuse to collect the association's trash.
● Second violation: a fine up to $500;
● Third violation: a fine up to $1,000; and
● Fourth & subsequent violations: up to $5,000.
Click here to read a staff analysis and the full ordinance.
Should you care about this issue if you don't live in the City of Miami Beach? Yes, because frequently once a proposal gains traction in one city, it can spread across the State.
You can e-mail your thoughts on this measure to the Miami Beach City Council.
Miami Beach City Commission E-mail Addresses:
● Commissioner Jerry Libbin - firstname.lastname@example.org
● Mayor Matti Herrera Bower - MayorBower@miamibeachfl.gov
● Vice-Mayor Edward Tobin - email@example.com
● Commissioner Jorge Exposito - firstname.lastname@example.org
● Commissioner Michael Gongora - email@example.com
● Commissioner Jonah Wolfson - firstname.lastname@example.org
● Commissioner Deede Weithorn - email@example.com
This work by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Generic License.