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  • Lorelle VanFossen 11:24 am on January 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: compost, compost handling, fines, , garbage collection, ,   

    Seattle Uses Stickers Before Fines on Garbage 

    The Atlantic labels Seattle’s compost stickers “Scarlet Letters” for their program to divert 38,000 tons of food scraps from landfills to compost facilities.

    One of the cities leading the charge in the effort to staunch food waste is Seattle, which passed a law last September that requires residents to compost leftover food. The law went into effect in January, but to educate Seattleites the city is using a particularly aggressive method: shame.

    If the city’s waste-management contractors encounter a house, apartment, or commercial property with garbage containing more than 10 percent recyclables or food, they tag the garbage bins with a bright red sticker. “I’m sure neighbors are going to see these on their other neighbors’ cans,” one contractor told NPR earlier this week. “Right now, I’m tagging probably every fifth can.”
    “The stickers are like getting an ‘F’ on a school paper.”

    “The stickers are like getting an ‘F’ on a school paper,” one Seattle resident wrote in an email, adding that some craftier residents were simply using their garbage disposals more to skirt the law.

    The sticker system will continue until July, at which time Seattle begins fining “households, landlords, and businesses for failing to sort food waste.” Fines range from $1 for houses and multiple residence apartments and buildings fined $50 for failure to comply with the composting regulations.

  • Lorelle VanFossen 6:28 am on October 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cities, city clean up, garbage collection, garbage trucks, historical images, , history of garbage, , , sewer systems   

    Historical Images from Seattle Municipal Archives 

    The Flickr collection by the Seattle Municipal Archives offers rare images associated with garbage collection, sewer development, recycling, and clean up days in Seattle since the early 1900s. These images are public domain and available to use in your classes.

    Historical Garbage Truck in Seattle - Seattle Municipal ArchivesClean Up Day in SeattleEarly recycling can in Seattle - Seattle Municipal Archives.Horse and wagon for picking up garbage in Seattle - Seattle Municipal ArchivesStreet flusher, cleaning out the dirty streets of Seattle - Seattle Municipal ArchivesCollecting, sorting, and recycling bottles in Seattle - Seattle Municipal Archives.Working on building the sewer lines in Seattle - Seattle Municipal Archives.Recycling program collection bags - Seattle Municipal Archives.Hauling the garbage away after a clean up in Seattle - Seattle Municipal Archives.

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