Find Out Which U.S. City Shames You Into Composting

By Cole Mellino, EcoWatch – Seattle joins other progressive cities like San Francisco, Portland, Vancouver and New York to have composting mandates. Last September, the Seattle City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting food from the city’s residential and commercial garbage The ban went into effect on Jan. 1, but fines won’t be issued until July. In the meantime, the city has an interesting way to make people compost: shame. Any establishment — businesses, single family homes, apartments, you name it — with more than 10 percent food or compostable paper in its garbage earns a scarlet letter — in the form of a bright red tag — on their garbage bin. The goal of this public shaming is to warn residents about impending fines and, hopefully, create an even stronger culture of composting in which it is simply the norm. All establishments will have to subscribe to a composting service offered by the city...

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