Seattle to begin fining residents who put food in their trash: Oregon environment roundup

January 8, 2015 12:30 AM

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Seattle is laying down the law on residents who violate the city's new trash law by putting food in their garbage bins.

The city has begun putting red tags on the cans of violators, KUOW radio reports. For now, the tag is just a warning. But come July, residents who dump food scraps in the trash will pay $1 each time they violate. Fines for apartments, condos and commercial buildings will be higher.

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