Seattle Ready To Fine Residents & Businesses For Wasting Food

Seattle better join the Clean Plate Club. Seattle takes sustainable development and recycling seriously.

Under the city’s new rules, anyone found wasting food will be fined as a penalty.

Starting Jan. 1, 2015, Seattle will begin issuing warning tickets and will start fining people from July 1.

Households will be fined $1 and businesses and apartment buildings $50 if their rubbish bins contain more than 10 percent food waste.

The Seattle government’s site gives ample tips and procedures to compost and recycle waste.

Citizens are asked to compost vegetables, fruits, bread, grains, spoiled food, coffee filters and tea bags, eggshells,and food soiled paper or cardboard.

Seattle recycles 56 percent of its waste but aims for 60 percent by 2015.

It's the second American city after San Francisco to make composting mandatory in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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More food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other waste material. Up to 40 percent of food in the U.S. is wasted. This wasted food not only contains peels and rotten food but also uneaten food.

Using food wisely, composting and recycling have many benefits. It reduces methane built up, improves sanitation and health, and even helps economically by cutting down waste disposal costs.

There are also many environmental benefits, such as improving soil health and structure, increasing drought resistance and reducing the need for supplemental water, fertilizers and pesticides.

Thirty-one percent -- or 133 billion lbs. of the 430 billion lbs. -- of the available food supply at the retail and consumer levels in 2010 went uneaten across U.S. The estimated value of this food loss was $161.6 billion using retail prices.

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An estimated 50 million Americans do not have access to enough food.

According to the United Nations, there is actually enough food to feed all 7 billion people living in the world today.

Imagine the number of people we can help feed just by being responsible.

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