March 30: Composting Will Become Commonplace

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As of March 30, recycling food scraps and yard waste will become mandatory for Seattle homeowners. Food -- including meat, fish, dairy and eggs -- and yard waste will go together into the same City-issued bin for collection.

According to yesterday's article in the Seattle Times:

Unless they can prove they are composting food scraps, single-family homes will have to sign up for at least the smallest food-scrap bin — and add $3.60 to their monthly recycling bill.

And other waste-related rules are changing as well:

Rates for garbage pickup are rising at the end of the month, too, by about $3 to $5 for residential customers. And recycling guidelines are changing slightly. Most notably, glass doesn't need to be separated from other recyclables.

Although words like "mandatory" and "rising rates" can be tough for many residents to swallow, we're glad to see these new policies taking root. By requiring residents to use the city composting service, making regular recycling one step easier, and raising the rates for disposal of landfill-bound garbage, the City of Seattle will hopefully make smarter waste management into just another everyday habit.

To find out exactly how the new recycling policies affect you in your house, apartment or commercial building, click here.

Learn where your compostable scraps travel once you toss them -- and why that journey is so important -- in our Guide to Compost in the City, written by the Seattle Art Museum's Environmental Steward, Jackie White.

Photo source: Seattle Public Utilities.

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