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    Seattle to fine residents for not composting

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    SEATTLE — Seattle residents who fail to separate food waste from trash will be fined.
    The City Council voted Monday to impose the fines for not composting.
    When the ordinance goes into effect next year, homeowners found with food scraps in their trash will be fined $1 for each violation KING reported Tuesday. The fine is up to $50 for a business or apartment complex.
    Seattle Public Utilities estimates that about a third to one-half of what now goes in the trash should be recycled or put in compost bins.
    The new law is aimed at helping Seattle reach its goal of having a recycling rate of 60 percent by 2015. The change is expected to generate an additional 38,000 tons of compost material every year.
    San Francisco also has a mandatory composting ordinance.
    Currently, residents of single-family homes in Seattle are encouraged but not required to dispose of food waste and some paper products in compost bins, The Seattle Times reported. Apartment buildings must have compost bins available, but residents of apartment buildings aren't required to use them. Businesses aren't subject to any composting requirements,


    Under the new rules, collectors will take a look when they dump trash into a garbage truck. If they see more than 10 percent of the trash should be composted, they'll enter the violation into a computer and leave a ticket on the bin that says expect a $1 fine on the next garbage bill.
    Collectors will begin tagging garbage bins with warnings Jan. 1. Fines start until July 1.
    Seattle Public Utilities asked the council to consider the ordinance because the agency is falling short of its recycling and composting goals. The council vote was 9-to-0. No public hearing was required.

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    What's so hard about doing these things that a city needs to baby its people...
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    Re: Seattle to fine residents for not composting

    I generally favor composting myself, better for the environment, but instituting a fine for not doing so? That's just ridiculous.

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    Let's see, living wages, composting....

    What an interesting journey Seattle has embarked upon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ocean515 View Post
    Let's see, living wages, composting....

    What an interesting journey Seattle has embarked upon.
    SF has the composting law too. Part of the problem is the land fills in WA are so damned expensive. Subsequently garbage prices are stupid expensive. But fining people is absurd.
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    SF has the composting law too. Part of the problem is the land fills in WA are so damned expensive. Subsequently garbage prices are stupid expensive. But fining people is absurd.
    Who knew last nights dinner could be Seattle's next revenue source? Next thing you know they will be taxing air. No wait....

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    Who knew last nights dinner could be Seattle's next revenue source?
    I'm liberal and even I think it's stupid.
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    Re: Seattle to fine residents for not composting

    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    SF has the composting law too. Part of the problem is the land fills in WA are so damned expensive. Subsequently garbage prices are stupid expensive. But fining people is absurd.
    To be fair, if garbage prices really were too expensive, people would be composting/recycling to save money on their own. But then you would have a different problem.

    Cleveland did something like this about 10 years ago. They put out tons of adverts and notices for people to conserve water. People listened, and the city rewarded them by doubling water rates due to "lower consumption".

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    I'm liberal and even I think it's stupid.
    I noticed. There is hope for you.

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    Re: Seattle to fine residents for not composting

    I have a question about this: Who gets to use the compost?? I'm big fan of composting and I understand just how much compost a household can produce in a year. I actually have to haul out dirt from my raised bed garden every year to have room for the compost I produce. So if you take a city the size of Seattle and require everyone to compost, that's a LOT of compost. Most people can't use that much compost, especially, if they're apartment dwellers. So, who's getting this "black gold"?
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