27 Jan '15, 11pm

Seattle to shame residents for throwing away food

What up, Seattle! Grist’s beloved hometown is prime real estate for climate refugees ; it’s located in Washington, which has the greenest governor in the country ; it has a super ambitious climate action plan ; AND it’s gunning to divert 60 percent of its waste from landfills by the end of this year. That’s why, this summer, Seattle will begin fining its residents for putting compostable food in the trash bin. It’s $1 per infraction for households, $50 for apartment buildings or businesses. As the first U.S. city to actually fine people for not composting, it’ll start off easy: Until July 1, the punishment is public shaming, reports the Washington Post : Those who refuse to separate their garbage will find their bins tagged with a red sign for all to see. The hope is that the tags will help serve as both a warning as well as an incentive to make composting a habit. I know,...

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