Seattle’s new law stinks! You’ll be fined and shamed for throwing FOOD in the trash

It is now punishable by law for Seattle residents to throw food away along with the rest of their garbage thanks to a new city ordinance.

The legislation, effecting commercial and residential garbage collection started its preliminary stages on January 1, 2015 and comes with a heavy dose of pubic shaming in order to whip their constituents in line, reported

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A highly visible red tag – being called the scarlet letter of food waste in Seattle – will be slapped upon offending garbage disposal units that have more than the allowable 10 percent food, or food contaminated products, including items like cardboard, paper napkins, and paper towels.

“I’m sure neighbors are going to see these on their other neighbors’ cans,” says Rodney Watkins, of Recology CleanScapes who’s been on the front lines of enforcing the rules.

“Right now, I’m tagging probably every fifth can,” Watkins said.

Apparently, Watkins the garbage policeman, doesn’t need to carry a weigh station around with him as he snoops in people’s trash. He’s got a talent for determining offenders by eye.

“You can see all the oranges and coffee grounds,” he said. “All that makes great compost. You can put that in your compost bin and buy it back next year in a bag and put it in your garden.”

All residents, including commercial establishments are to have a composting plan of action in place and working by July 2015, or the scarlet letter will turn into a series of fines, reported If residents can’t compost it themselves, they can leave separate bins of food items curbside and the city will pick them up for a fee. How convenient.

The rigid food waste law is in an effort to increase Seattle’s recycling and composting rate to 60 percent overall. With the strict new enforcement of public humiliation and fining, Watkins and other proponents of the law believe they can get there.


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