In 2003, Penn Waste sued 84-year-old York resident Clara Palmer for a $600 overdue bill. According to the York Daily Record, “Her Great Depression-era upbringing taught her to waste nothing. She’s learned paper wrappers make good kindling for the wood stove. Some food scraps and other bio-degradable garbage are deposited onto a compost pile that eventually nourishes her flower beds. Almost everything else can be recycled.” Penn Waste demanded money for services she didn’t use, and ultimately took Palmer to court.