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September 25, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Fines for food waste: Idea will cost SPU more to enforce

Fining people for putting food waste in their garbage is the most absurd idea to come out of the City Council in ages [“Seattle OKs $1 fine for adding too much food to garbage bins,” Local News, Sept. 22].

Anyone not reducing their trash as much as possible by putting items into compost or recycling is probably already paying a penalty in the form of being charged for a larger garbage container than they really need. Plus, the wasted fuel while the garbage collectors check the trash bins and then enter the violator information into their computers will cause more environmental damage in greenhouse gases than will be saved by a possible reduction in garbage volume.

I suggest that anyone receiving such a fine protest it and claim that the food waste contained broken glass from a dropped food jar. I doubt that Seattle Public Utilities will properly retain the evidence until a hearing can take place. And I envision that should they follow through with this dumb idea, it will end up costing SPU more in court costs and processing fees than they will gain in fines, which will undoubtedly be passed on to all of us in the form of a rate hike.

Don Janssen, Seattle

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