Cincinnati aims to protect new recycling carts

CINCINNATI (AP) - Cincinnati wants to protect its $3.8 million investment in new curbside recycling carts by making it a crime to damage or misuse them.

The proposed ordinance filed Monday would make it illegal for people to deface or move the recycling carts.

In a memo to City Council, Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney says it's important to get the proposal on the books now to coincide with the start of the new recycling program. Violations would be classified as fourth-degree misdemeanors, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a maximum $250 fine.

Also, anyone who damaged a recycling container would have to reimburse the city. Each 96-gallon cart costs the city $41.65.

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