A Florida bill that would allow divers to dumpster dive at a dumpster has sparked outrage from the public after being introduced by the state’s Republican governor, Rick Scott.
“We’re not talking about the water here, we’re talking about what the waste is in that dumpster,” Scott said in the statement.
“That’s what’s at stake.
That’s the only way we’re going to solve this problem.”
Scott’s statement was quickly criticised, with activists calling the bill “shocking and unnecessary”.
“The bill has the potential to endanger people and wildlife in the wild and in a dumpsters,” said Marla Mazzucato, the president of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
“It’s not a new concept.
We have seen this in many places.
We’re not saying dumpster diving is going to work here, but it’s certainly not a good idea to have a law that makes it legal for divers to use trash cans and dumpster liners as a dump.”
If this bill is passed, Florida is one of the few states that allow dumping of trash.
We know it’s a bad idea and we’re calling on Gov.
Scott to veto this bill before it goes into effect.”
On Tuesday, Scott signed into law the Florida Dumpster Diving Prevention Act, which gives divers a one-year exemption from the new trash collection laws.
Under the new law, dumpster divers will still have to report the time and location of their dives, and the dumpster’s location will still be tracked.
The Florida Dampster Divers Association, the industry’s lobbying group, said the law was “another in a series of misguided attempts to impose unnecessary regulations on the public that would endanger our state’s wildlife and the environment”.
But critics, including some in the state dive industry, said it was a step too far.
“We are concerned that if a diver chooses to dump the waste, they’re risking their life and they’re going out there risking the lives of their friends, family and co-workers. “
‘The dumpster’ is a common word in the diving community,” she said.
“We are concerned that if a diver chooses to dump the waste, they’re risking their life and they’re going out there risking the lives of their friends, family and co-workers.
‘The dumpsters’ is also a common term for a dump that is full of trash, which is often the source of the waste.”
Scott, a Republican, has been in office for four years.