Government edicts and unintended consequences

The thinkers running Raleigh have decided: Garbage disposals bad. Per WRAL (which offers the news under a rather flippant headline):

Raleigh began disposing of garbage disposals Monday, banning new or replacement installations and adding teeth to the grinder – a $25,000-per-day fine for violations.

It makes Raleigh one of the first cities in the nation to ban garbage disposals.

“The disposals (have) a big environmental impact in a negative direction on the system, in terms of the water it uses (and) grease. I don’t think there’s any question about that,” Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker said.

Earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal reported on how garbage disposals may be the “environmentally friendly” solution.

Jon Sanders / Director of Regulatory Studies

Jon Sanders studies regulatory policy, a veritable kudzu of invasive government and unintended consequences. As director of regulatory studies at the John Locke Foundation, Jo...

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