GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) – For 40 years, William and Patricia Peterson have enjoyed living in their 133-year-old house, recognized by the City of Grand Rapids as a Cherry Hill Historic Home.
Neighbors stroll by, offering compliments to their well-tended flower garden on the north side of Cherry Street across from James Avenue SE. It's what's in back of the house that's causing Peterson trouble.
Aluminum siding, bike tires, typewriters, milk crates – even a bucket of batteries. If it can be recycled or reused, you'll likely find it in Peterson's backyard or garage.
The city of Grand Rapids – for the fifth time – has hauled Peterson into court, charging him with violating a zoning ordinance prohibiting backyard recycling operations in a residential area.