Jane Brunner (Councilwoman, Oakland, CA) and Deborah Dowdell (President of the New Jersey Restaurant Association)
The Oakland, California City Council recently approved a tax that will force some businesses on litter-choked streets to help pay to clean up trash their customers left behind. Jane Brunner, member of the Oakland City Council, has spent eight years working on legislation that will help clean up Oakland's streets. The tax is aimed at the fast food establishments and convenience stores who generate the packaging that winds up on the streets.
Why not just fine the person littering? Councilwomen Brunner said that the city is taking a three pronged approach to tackling the problem: education, police "sting" operations enforcing litter laws and the litter tax. Fast Food restaurants can gain exemption from the tax by cleaning up the neighboring streets. Deborah Dowdell, President of the New Jersey Restaurant Association joins The Guys to talk about NJ's litter tax.
Podcast Date: 5/2/2006