Tuesday, May 20, 2008

City sues man for canceling trash service

A man who claims to have reduced his waste to nearly nothing out of concern for the environment now faces a lawsuit from San Carlos for canceling his garbage-collection service. Eddie House, 53, says he was shocked when he was served with a lawsuit Sunday at his home.

The lawsuit, filed by San Carlos Deputy City Attorney Linda Noeske in San Mateo Superior Court on Jan. 22, seeks a permanent injunction forcing House to maintain garbage service. City officials are also seeking to recoup from House the costs of the lawsuit.

Responses from citizens include:

"I agree. What nerve, to sue him for having no garbage. It does sound, however, as if the neighbours think he is burning his garbage. Hard to say; he might throw a bit of garbage in his fireplace along with the wood. But they should have to prove that, in any case."

"Let's see. The city creates a monopoly with the contract then forces everyone to use the service. I can see them pursuing something if his yard is full of garbage."

"Shouldn't we be rewarding this guy for reducing his waste instead?"

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