Food for Thought
Food for Thought
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You just don’t know anxiety until you’ve tried to throw something away in Seattle. Is it compost? Recycling? Will you be judged if you toss your Starbucks cup in the garbage (Yes.) Is there even a bin marked “garbage?” (No.)  Recycling is a big issue here in Seattle, with the city council actively legislating to promote it.


The city already recycles 56% of its waste but is aiming for 60% by 2015. Seattle is the second US city after San Francisco to make composting mandatory in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  And recently, they took a further step by voting to fine businesses and residents that do not recycle correctly their food waste. Under the new rules, households will be fined $1 (£0.61) if their rubbish bins contain more than 10% food waste, and businesses and apartment buildings $50.


Up to 40% of food in the US is wasted, according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Only 5% of food scraps are composted, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. Many Seattle homes and businesses have food compost bins but are not required to use them – now they will have to. The city will begin issuing warning tickets on 1 January 2015 and fining customers on 1 July.


Seattle officials do not expect the programme to be a money-maker for the city, says Tim Croll, the Seattle Public Utilities solid waste director.  “The point isn’t to raise revenue. We care more about reminding people to separate their materials.”


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