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Seattle Ordinance 124582: Prohibiting Food Waste and Compostable Paper from Disposal as Garbage (2014)

Under the ordinance, which updates the current municipal code, starting in 2015 businesses will be fined $50 and homeowners $1 per collection if they put compostable food waste or compostable paper products into the trash. The aim of the ordinance is to help the city reach its adopted recycling goals of 60% in 2015 and 70% in 2022.