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Fine from the Police for recycling on the wrong day

I've just received a fine from the Police in relation to using the recycling on the wrong day.

One Sunday, our paper recycling was piling up at home, and so I thought I'd go to our local recycling centre. When I got there, there was a chain around the bins, but they were completely accessible (in our village, there's no barrier), so and the bins were open, so I didn't see any particular harm. So I put the rubbish in and drove off.

Today we get a fine in the post, and the fine is for 250 CHF for

"putting rubbish on the public highway or not sorted in the eco-points" which is not true.

The fine for using the recycling outside normal hours is the same, but the crime is wrong, and it just seems unfair, for what was effectively taking my rubbish to the tip.

Furthermore, the fine is in my wife's name, which is not true either.

Any experience with this? Can I complain?
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Old 21.03.2019, 13:42
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Re: Fine from the Police for recycling on the wrong day

You can ask them to have it corrected.
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Old 21.03.2019, 13:45
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I've just received a fine from the Police in relation to using the recycling on the wrong day.

One Sunday, our paper recycling was piling up at home, and so I thought I'd go to our local recycling centre. When I got there, there was a chain around the bins, but they were completely accessible (in our village, there's no barrier), so and the bins were open, so I didn't see any particular harm. So I put the rubbish in and drove off.

Today we get a fine in the post, and the fine is for 250 CHF for

"putting rubbish on the public highway or not sorted in the eco-points" which is not true.

The fine for using the recycling outside normal hours is the same, but the crime is wrong, and it just seems unfair, for what was effectively taking my rubbish to the tip.

Furthermore, the fine is in my wife's name, which is not true either.

Any experience with this? Can I complain?
You can try to fight it but the defence of "It was me not my wife and I was actually putting it in the recycling bins on a Sunday, despite there being clear rules and them being chained up" might not stand up too well.

I'd pay the fine and just chalk it up to experience. If something looks obviously closed, don't attempt to use it.
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Old 21.03.2019, 13:49
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I've just received a fine from the Police in relation to using the recycling on the wrong day.

One Sunday, our paper recycling was piling up at home, and so I thought I'd go to our local recycling centre. When I got there, there was a chain around the bins, but they were completely accessible (in our village, there's no barrier), so and the bins were open, so I didn't see any particular harm. So I put the rubbish in and drove off.

Today we get a fine in the post, and the fine is for 250 CHF for

"putting rubbish on the public highway or not sorted in the eco-points" which is not true.

The fine for using the recycling outside normal hours is the same, but the crime is wrong, and it just seems unfair, for what was effectively taking my rubbish to the tip.
Is your car registered in your wife's name?

That's the information that the stasi-neighbour (to the recycling centre) gave to the Police.
They then must have trawled through the waste paper to confirm it.

People have to much time on their hands (which I suppose, in the case of the Police, is a good thing).
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Re: Fine from the Police for recycling on the wrong day

In Switzerland if it is not a law or rule it is mandatory.

You really have to follow the rules.

Also people report here a lot.

What makes matter worse is that everyone has access to cameras via telephones.
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Re: Fine from the Police for recycling on the wrong day

Can we close the thread and reopen tomorrow?
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Old 21.03.2019, 14:11
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Old 21.03.2019, 14:43
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Furthermore, the fine is in my wife's name, which is not true either.
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Tip. Change into your own clothes before recycling.
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Re: Fine from the Police for recycling on the wrong day

Thanks, it just seems like a victimless crime. I guess I've learnt my lesson, but I would like to ask them to at least correct (e.g. put it in my name, and alter the actual infraction as it's not true).
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Thanks, it just seems like a victimless crime.
There's a similar arrangement at the ecopoint in our village in Vaud on Sundays. The area is chained off, but still accessible. There are, however, clear signs stating that the area is out of bounds on a Sunday. Maybe there are similar signs at your one, that you missed?

The "victims" (at least in the eyes of our Commune) are the people who live in the adjoining houses who would otherwise have to put up with the noise of people smashing bottles into the bottle bank or lobbing tins into the metal container all day on a Sunday. The rule is to protect them from the noise pollution. It has to be said though that throwing away paper rubbish is unlikely to generate a nuisance, but I guess there's no distinction between the different types of rubbish and that it's the principle of not using the ecopoint at all on a Sunday that somebody took umbrage too.

Good luck with getting the fine amended/renamed!
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Old 21.03.2019, 17:13
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Re: Fine from the Police for recycling on the wrong day

I guess it is a lesson, but I think the Swiss have a different attitudes to laws than other nationalities. It was only paper because I was aware that glass might make a noise.
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Thanks, it just seems like a victimless crime...
..said just about every non-violent petty criminal ever.
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..said just about every non-violent petty criminal ever.
Putting paper in the correct bin on a Sunday does seem very victimless though. I can't quite see who would be the victim of this act
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Old 21.03.2019, 15:47
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In Switzerland if it is not a law or rule it is mandatory.
Not Switzerland in general, just up north.

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Thanks, it just seems like a victimless crime. I guess I've learnt my lesson, but I would like to ask them to at least correct (e.g. put it in my name, and alter the actual infraction as it's not true).
And what stops you from doing that?

PS: In fact, if I were your wife I would insist on that!!!!
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And what stops you from doing that?

PS: In fact, if I were your wife I would insist on that!!!!
I will ask them to do it, I was writing a bit indirectly. At least if they're going to fine us, get it right. It was me that did it, and it was I only put the paper in the paper in the paper bin on a Sunday. It's completely accessible. It's not right for my wife to have it against her name.
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Not Switzerland in general, just up north.

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correction, just north east
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correction, just north east
Alas, OP ;ives in the north west!

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Re: Fine from the Police for recycling on the wrong day

Down South, if the city dump is closed you take it in a red, VW microbus with shovels and rakes and implements of destruction to a cliff where there is another pile of garbage. After which you go back to the church and have a Thanksgiving dinner that canít be beat.

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Down South, if the city dump is closed you take it in a red, VW microbus with shovels and rakes and implements of destruction to a cliff where there is another pile of garbage. After which you go back to the church and have a Thanksgiving dinner that canít be beat.
How old are you again?

Do you even understand anything that you've written?

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