Dump Your Trash At John Boehner's House

Ugh. Seriously you guys? Really?

Look, I'm no fan of Boehner's -- but this is ludicrous.
A Facebook event, entitled “If Boehner shuts down the government I am taking my trash to his house,” has popped up and is gaining steam as the shutdown showdown ramps up on Capitol Hill. If the federal government shuts down, one of the District’s services that will stop is trash pickup.

“Speaker John Boehner is ready to shut down the government, including District of Columbia city services like trash collection,” it says on the page. “Well, if he won’t allow us to use OUR TAX DOLLARS to pick it up, maybe we should just BRING IT TO HIM.”

As of 2:30 p.m. EST there are 1,476 attending; 126 are listed as maybe; 156 aren’t showing up; and 4,652 are still making up their minds (much like Congress, apparently).

The trash-a-thon is scheduled for Saturday and apparently will last through June 30.
So, here's the problem -- this is illegal:
Keeping DC clean is a team effort - involving city government, residents and businesses - and DPW provides the tools for everyone to get on board. The Solid Waste Education and Enforcement Program (SWEEP) is responsible for sanitation education and enforcement, and provides a variety of services to District residents to combat illegal dumping, clean up vacant lots, and support neighborhood clean-ups. When education does not result in following proper sanitation practices, SWEEP inspectors will enforce the sanitation regulations.

Illegal Dumping

Washington, DC has a no tolerance position toward illegal dumping and urges residents to help spread the word. DPW, in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Department, is offering a reward of up to $500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of each illegal dumper.

SWEEP inspectors patrol their assigned areas daily on the lookout for sanitation violations, such as illegal dumping.
To simply dump refuse on someone else's private property will surely result in a citation from the city. My guess is that the Washington, D.C. Department of Public Works will be on a relative "high alert" for illegal dumping at the homes of members of Congress.

Bottom line -- whether you agree with a politician or not, dumping your garbage on their lawn is stupid, plain and simple.


Head nod: James Joyner @OTB

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