Seattle will be ticketing and fining anyone who puts food in their trash. That includes napkins, paper towels, cardboard, or any paper with food on it.
Waste contractors are going through people’s trash and if they find food, they place a big red ticket on the can.
“Right now, I’m tagging probably every fifth can,” Watkins [a lead driver for Recology CleanScapes, a waste contractor for Seattle] says. … “You can see all the oranges and coffee grounds,” he says, raising one lid.
If residents don’t have anywhere to put the food waste, Seattle will give them a can and, for a fee, collect it weekly.
Q. Won’t food waste collection make a mess and attract pests?
A. Food waste is collected at least once a week from commercial and residential properties, thus minimizing vector issues.