Reader Column: Bismarck Recycling Isn't Entirely Voluntary If You Have To Opt Out


Some Bismarck residents were surprised when they found Spiffy Biff colored garbage cans in their driveways.

It’s the city’s “voluntary” recycling program. Some later learned that they were entered into a two year contract to pay a $3.51 monthly fee for this “voluntary” service without their knowledge or consent.

If you didn’t opt out in time, it’s mandatory.

Many of us pay our bills via auto pay. We don’t always open up our bills to ensure those we are paying are not trying to scam us with unwanted services. We don’t have to because that is supposed to be illegal.

Telephone companies used to do this to expand their operations. This is called cramming and slamming. Because this practice is immoral and sleazy, it was made illegal. Companies were made to pay massive fines.

The City of Bismarck can’t make this moral, but they can make it legal. Our west coast liberal city commission (Josh Askvig, Parrell Grossman, Mike Seminary, and Brenda Smith) along with our liberal Mayor John Warford are behind  the can scam. The down-your-throat-whether-you-want-it-or-not liberalism of Washington DC has come to Bismarck.

Our city commission and mayor, like the Obama regime, see us as royal subjects and piggy banks for their big government programs. Those who opted out should be advised that that these liberals are just getting their foot in the door with this big government program. Soon it will be mandatory for all.

I have to wonder where these “do good” trial lawyers are. If a corporation were to scam people with something this sleazy they would be lining up to be the first to file the papers in a class action lawsuit.

It is time to get out and vote and clean house.