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Environmental Do Gooding Earns Residents Citations

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If you're going to become the neighborhood composter, then beware, there are certain regulations.

"Tara Kolla said she was doing a good thing for her Silver Lake Farms business while doing the right thing for the planet by filling a garbage can each week with produce scraps from a nearby restaurant and dumping them into her compost," the LA Times found. "In August, Kolla received a letter from the Los Angeles Local Enforcement Agency telling her to 'cease and desist' composting food waste that was not generated at her home." Luckily, she could use a commercially made compost bin and that may let her transfer waste for compost legally.

Down in Orange County, a man heard a Costa Mesa city councilmember say that residents need to cut their water use--you, know for the environment--and it happened to be at the same time he was redoing his lawn. But when he heard that, he kept it as a maintained dirt lawn instead of planting new grass and watering it. Well, that's not good either. Now he's facing $400 in fines by the city's code enforcement officers. It's a double-edged sword. Save water, but you must make it pretty.

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