The municipality of this city did not consider its good mark to recycle 56% of its waste (407,000 tons per year) enough. With this new measure, they plan to increase the percentage to 65%, which means up to 38,000 tons less than the count of kilos that are thrown into the neighboring Oregon landfill.
The ordinance, applicable to both businesses and individuals, although it has been in force since January, only implies a warning policy for the moment: the buckets that are caught with organic waste are marked with a red sticker. It will be from July when the inhabitants of Seattle face fines of between one (for individuals) and 50 dollars (for establishments and neighboring buildings) for throwing out groceries.
In 2012, the last documented year in the United States on this matter, Americans generated about 35 million tons of organic waste that was not used at all. In total, these wastes account for a fifth of the waste generated by the country. Seattle, with the formulary of fines in hand, has taken this black statistic very seriously.