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In Seattle, wasting food will now earn you a scarlet letter — well, a scarlet tag, to be more accurate.

The bright red tag, posted on a garbage bin, tells everyone who sees it that you’ve violated a new city law that makes it illegal to put food into trash cans.

“I’m sure neighbors are going to see these on their other neighbors’ cans,” says Rodney Watkins, a lead driver for Recology CleanScapes, a waste contractor for the city. He’s on the front lines of enforcing these rules.

Seattle is the first city in the nation to fine homeowners for not properly sorting their garbage….

…The city gives households bins to fill with their food and yard waste. But residents don’t have to compost it themselves: They can just leave the bins curbside and have the city pick it up for a fee

…Jim Ward owns a condo in a large building in the Laurelhurst neighborhood. He says his neighbors include people from many different countries who may not be familiar with Seattle’s recycling rules. Ward came down to the building’s recycling bin recently and it was a mess.

“I found dirty rags with oil on them and just really messy pieces of plastic that were wet,” he says. So Ward took the opportunity to do some outreach.

“I ended up actually taking those things and putting them on the main counter in the lobby of the condominium, and I just wrote a note to everyone and I said, ‘Are these things recyclable?’ “…

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27 Comments!

  1. iD
    Posted January 27, 2015 at 9:40 pm |

    It’s pretty clear that the geniuses didn’t think this one through.

    Of course you have plastic packaging on your food waste. (Not sure what the “oily rags” are about, though. I’ve seen lots of cross-contamination of recyclables, though.)

    Want to avoid contamination of food waste? Have people dispose of organics as they always have– through their waste water. Down the disposal or the toilet. Improper items will clog the system on the user end.

    The problem is dealing with the sludge. People flush nasty things down their toilets. Cosmetics, paint, what’s in their vacuum cleaners… What we need are new centrifuges to pull the heavier, nastier toxins out so we can put them with the coal sludge and other crud.

  2. SondraK, Queen of SondraKistan
    Posted January 27, 2015 at 10:06 pm |

    I’m having trouble figuring out why compostable material is good for the food you eat but not your garbage……

  3. SondraK, Queen of SondraKistan
    Posted January 27, 2015 at 10:07 pm |

    And FWIW, I am the psycho queen of recycling and always have been. Wasting is stupid. But so is pretty much everything everyone does anyways….

  4. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted January 27, 2015 at 10:33 pm |

    Waste disposal used to be a service to the public.
    Now, the public serves Big Garbage.

  5. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted January 27, 2015 at 11:25 pm |

    Recology CleanScapes, a waste contractor for the city
    A look at their expense accounts to see who they’ve been wining and dining would be very interesting.

    Up next: The Need for a District Court of Composting.
    We gotta have a judicial system to try offenses after residents say “fuck you” when Rodney The Recycle guy leaves a red tag.

    Which bin does the red tag go into?

  6. Fawkes News (#BarackLiesMatter)
    Posted January 28, 2015 at 5:43 am |

    Is the red tag recyclable?

  7. mech
    Posted January 28, 2015 at 8:06 am |

    ^5, like a garbage court?

  8. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted January 28, 2015 at 8:49 am |

    “Outreach” = throwing crap on the counter for someone else to clean up and adding a snotty little note like any typical HOA-nazi.

    Return notes are always in order.

    If you have questions, there is a better way to get answers than leaving your garbage in the lobby, Miss MessyPants [Apt7].
    The WM number is: 555.123.4567

  9. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted January 28, 2015 at 9:04 am |

    Not being aware in the 1940s, on the farm we took our garbage and dumped it in Crooked Creek. [before there were garbage trucks...] However, us boys discovered that fishing downstream, we caught the most catfish! And the biggest…

    I ought to point out that every family member died at an average age of 75. And ate catfish.

    I was born in the 40s, served in the USMC for 26 years and maxed the physical fitness test as a colonel. Catching those catfish—- was a lot of fun.

  10. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted January 28, 2015 at 9:05 am |

    ahhh… Now I see; it’s about training to Compliance.

    I liked the scene in that particular Bullshit episode where they find The Guy who Made Up the idea that the landfills are too full. *OMG*runz in circles*

    Then they point out that on top of a landfill is the perfect place for a new housing tract as the landfill can then be tapped for electric power for years — until the cheapo houses fall apart and ya cover the whole thing over and re-build on top.

    I happened to be watching one day as the garbage truck put the contents — well, most of the contents — of both cans into the same part of the truck. I’m not so careful, now.

    He waited until I left to make the truck piss garbage juice all over the driveway, but I’ve watched with the field glasses as he did that.

    I guess calling the company and asking him not to do that in our driveway is why he now bangs down the wheelie bins until the wheelies break. Gonna take those down and drag ‘em into the CEO’s Office next time. Half-full of the truck’s garbage-juice he leaves in there.
    *running cupcakes*

  11. SondraK, Queen of SondraKistan
    Posted January 28, 2015 at 9:38 am |

    ^ Wait until you ask the guy that picks up your garbage to pick up the garbage that drops in the street when the guy who picks up your garbage picks up the garbage to dump it into the truck…and misses some……….
    The guy who picks up your garbage isn’t actually required to pick up your garbage………YOU are required to pick up whatever’s left on the street. But not your neighbors’….they just leave it until you pick it up for them when their used diaper wipe blows into your rose bushes……….

  12. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted January 28, 2015 at 9:39 am |

    drag ‘em into the CEO’s Office next time. Half-full of the truck’s garbage-juice
    No, no Claire – sell it to Whole Foods in NYC as “all natural, all organic juice”

  13. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted January 28, 2015 at 9:46 am |

    ….and I just wrote a note to everyone and I said, ‘Are these things recyclable?’ “…

    Not directly. But if you burn them in a honking big incinerator, you can re-cycle the ashes.

    (Snark aside, incinerators produce heat which makes steam which generates electricity which reduces the need for fossil fuels. And garbage is free. But efficiency isn’t the goal here, is it?)

  14. One Man Gang
    Posted January 28, 2015 at 10:35 am |

    1) Take one of the tags to a 3D printer

    2) print off about 50 or so (or however many city council critters and enforcement officers there are not forgetting the Mayor and staff )

    3) hang a tag on every one of their garbage cans.

    4) enjoy a stogie as the Commies whack each other,

  15. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted January 28, 2015 at 11:28 am |

    Wait ’till they leave notes admonishing you for your not eating all your peas or [insert long list of foodcrimes].

  16. geezerette
    Posted January 28, 2015 at 1:00 pm |

    I can’t believe those people actually fell for that bull shit.

  17. tctsunami
    Posted January 28, 2015 at 3:48 pm |

    You can put that in your compost bin and buy it back next year

    Screw you, why buy when I can just toss it into the woods.
    Ah, but from the Washington Compost

    Food waste is both an economic and environmental burden. Transporting the waste, especially for distances as far as Seattle does, is costly. So too is allowing it to sit out in the open, where it produces methane, one of the most harmful greenhouses gases, as it rots.

    So I can’t compost because it’s bad, but you can and sell it to me and that’s good. Evil capitalist tree buggers
    I’m sure my can would be plastered with red stickers if I was so inclined to even use the damn thing. Besides, “O” dark thirty I can always share it with someone who is greedy and filling their can. Feeding illegal immigrants is for another time.

  18. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted January 28, 2015 at 3:51 pm |

    Smells like a conspiracy to make money by Big Stickers.

  19. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted January 28, 2015 at 4:37 pm |

    Funny how these crusaderists never seem to learn from the experience of others.

  20. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted January 28, 2015 at 5:14 pm |

    ^LofF (19)
    Was Uhbama there? That looks like the spectator area after one of his speeches.

    Do Britillegal travellers = American undocumented immigrants?

  21. mojo
    Posted January 28, 2015 at 5:51 pm |

    Go out early in the morning and move the tags around.

  22. rickn8or
    Posted January 28, 2015 at 8:33 pm |

    dick, not quite dead white guy, I thought “travelers” was the Bri’ish term for “gypsies.”

  23. Fat Baxter
    Posted January 28, 2015 at 8:40 pm |

    The original idea behind constitutional goverment was that government served the people.

    Nowadays, the people exist merely to give the government someone to bother.

  24. accipiterNW
    Posted January 28, 2015 at 11:02 pm |

    It’s time we think about future generations and quit being so greedy. I will forgo buying the compost they bag up and sell back to us. I say we keep putting the food scraps in a landfill and let it sit there, where, over time, it will go to good use- just like the ancient plant life and dinosaur scraps that go into our gas tanks today.

  25. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted January 28, 2015 at 11:51 pm |

    ^ rickn8or I’m pretty sure you’re right about that, and they are thought of as hustlers and petty thieves wherever they go, and therefore are most unwelcome.
    From what Victor Davis Hanson and other residents of the Valley say, the illegals there are about the same, stealing anything not nailed down and dumping their refuse on locals’ property.

  26. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted January 29, 2015 at 1:39 pm |

    Olympianal

  27. ZZMike
    Posted January 29, 2015 at 9:06 pm |

    Step 1: Remove red tag from your bin.
    Step 2: Crunch it up and toss it in your bin.

    These are the same geniuses who plan to tax bird seed.