The City Council voted Monday to impose the fines for not composting.
KING reports (http://kng5.tv/Y1vOYe ) when the ordinance goes into effect next year, homeowners found with food scraps in their trash will be fined $1 for each violation. The fine is up to $50 for a business or apartment complex.
Seattle Public Utilities estimates that about a third to one-half of what now goes in the trash should be recycled or put in compost bins.
The new law is aimed at helping Seattle reach its goal of having a recycling rate of 60 per cent by 2015. The change is expected to generate an additional 38,000 tons of compost material every year.
San Francisco also has a mandatory composting ordinance.
Information from: KING-TV, http://www.king5.com/