Seattle to Fine Residents for Throwing Food in the Garbage

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In an attempt to shame residents of their city, a new Seattle law will levy a fine on homes that do not properly sort food out of their garbage.

Emblazoned with a red citation tag, violators will start to be fined anywhere from $1-$50 in July. For now, Seattle residents will be publicly shamed by the ‘Scarlet Letter’-like tags.

“I’m sure neighbors are going to see these on their other neighbors’ cans,” says Rodney Watkins, a lead driver for Recology CleanScapes, a waste contractor for the city. He’s on the front lines of enforcing these rules.

The tags are part of, what the city calls, a “public education campaign.”

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1 thought on “Seattle to Fine Residents for Throwing Food in the Garbage”

  1. It is very dangerous to go sneaking around looking at people’s garbage. You never know what you are likely to find in there.
    For instance you might find an animal looking for something to eat, like for instance a skunk. You open that lid and you may be the skunk’s next spray victim.
    Or it could be a rattlesnake. Or a stink bomb.
    I would also suggest that someone strange running around the neighborhood needs to be reported to the police.
    Especially if it is past curfew.
    People also throw away snot rags if there is viruses going around like Influenza B. I suggest that you go to automated garbage disposal trucks. It is a lot less dangerous.

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