Baltimore residents want to dump the Environmental Control Board

Patricia “Nemi” Trent thought she’d covered her bases. Last year, this well-preserved West Baltimore senior citizen received a citation from the city for a bag of trash found without a trash can several blocks from her house; a piece of paper with her name on it was inside. At a hearing before the Environmental Control Board (ECB), the regulatory agency that adjudicates civil citations, Trent explained that her garbage can had been wheeled off by thieves, who must have dumped her trash en route. The presiding administrative judge lowered her fine and advised her to purchase a paper shredder, she says. “I took her suggestion,” she says. “If anything comes to me in my...