Lodi Residents Could be Fined for Contaminating Wrong Bins

LODI -- Putting waste in the wrong bin could cost you in Lodi.

Waste Management's "Recycle Right" program went into effect on May 2. The purpose of the program is to stop the contamination of the green waste and recycling bins. Residents have been putting trash like bowling balls, paint cans and strollers into the wrong bins.

Residents who improperly dispose of garbage will get a warning on the first and second offense. A third offense comes with a $13.89 fee, which covers the cost of workers to remove the contaminants, and residents will also have to pay $87 a month for a 96 gallon trash bin.

Waste Management is working with the Greater Valley Conservation Corps to check bins before the trucks make their rounds. Crews for the corps go out four days a week ahead of Waste Management trucks to check the bins. They'll look inside for obvious hazards but won't dig through them. If workers see something they'll tag the bins and Waste Management won't pick them up that day to five the residents a chance to remove the items that are not allowed.

Lodi city officials say they are on board with the program.