The new recycling law that bans all plastic bottles in landfills is creating some confusion. In the past week I've had several people ask me about the law and a friend called to tell me her grandparents are scared about being arrested, so they plan to drive each month to Greensboro to carry their plastics to the recycling center. They are in their 80s and don't enjoy the best of health.
If I had heard this once I might have shrugged it off, but in the last two weeks I've had three different friends tell me that elderly relatives are worried about breaking the law. It doesn't matter how many times you tell them that the law isn't being enforced and nobody is checking their garbage. Some folks aren't used to laws passed just for the hell of it, just to look good or just to pretend you are doing something.
Don't get me wrong. I'm all for recycling, but passing a law that has no teeth and that you don't plan to enforce anyway just doesn't make sense. They put too many of these on the books we'll have to request the NCGA start publishing a guide to the laws that we have to obey and those that are simply for decorative purposes.