Friday, February 10, 2006

Fast food litter tax in Oakland

The Oakland city council has passed a plan to tax fast food restaurants (and some other businesses) for the littering of wrappers and such that originated at their establishment. The money raised will be used by the city to clean up litter around local schools.

The city's main complaint seems to be the 'trails' of fast food wrappers leading from fast food restaurants to local schools.

Mind you, this is not aimed at litter left on the streets by the fast food restaurants themselves...the targeted litter is left by the students (and others) that bought the food, but the restaurants will have to pay.

Maybe some community responsibility lessons for the students would be a better solution.
[more from SJ Mercury News]

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