The city of Seattle has approved an ordinance under the Seattle Public utilities (SPU) rules that states residents caught wasting food could be fined.
The SPU currently encourages residents in single-family homes to place food and compostable paper in compost bins – not the general garbage.
Apartment complexes are admonished to provide compost bins to residents, but there are no requirements.
This new ordinance is expected to assist Seattle reach its goal of having 60% all of its garbage recycled by 2015.
However, new rules allow garbage collectors to “take a cursory look” into the waste of residents and “if they see compostable items that make up an estimated 10% or more of the trash, they’ll enter the violation into a computer system their trucks already carry, and will leave a ticket on the garbage bin that says to expect a $1 fine on the next garbage bill.”
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LEADERS AT UN SUMMIT TAKE STEPS TO ENSURE FOOD SECURITY FOR 9 BILLION PEOPLE BY 2050
NEW YORK, September 24, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — With demand for food set to increase 60 per cent by 2050, world leaders, major corporations and civil society at the United Nations Climate Summit today pledged commitments to transform agricultural practices by increasing productivity while reducing carbon emissions.
“I am glad to see action that will increase agricultural productivity, build resilience for farmers and reduce carbon emissions,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he opened the meeting. “These efforts will improve food and nutrition security for billions of people.”
Nine billion people are expected to be living on the planet in 25 years and food production will need to spike in order to feed them.
Today, at the biggest climate conference in history, more than 20 Governments, and 30…
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This world a wave pushing me
In and out
Riptide tugging here then there
I float to escape into the horizon
To chart the course
The sun shines like razors
Flashing into eyes
Reflected off of life
And into the soul
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Hands and knees pulling myself towards higher ground
Need to see the whole of it all
Not just one grain of sand
Under my nail.
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