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Judge Throws Out Portion of Seattle Ordinance Requiring Food Waste Searches in Trash Bins

Judge Throws Out Portion of Seattle Ordinance Requiring Food Waste Searches in Trash Bins

While King County Superior Court Judge Beth M. Andrus issued an injunction against Seattle’s required trash inspections, she did not issue one for Seattle’s residential food waste ban, which prohibits residents from tossing out food scraps and compostable paper.

The ordinance was originally put in place in January 2015 in an effort to encourage residents to separate food waste and compostable paper for recycling services.

The Washington Times has the details:

A state judge threw out a portion of a Seattle ordinance requiring garbage collectors to snoop through residents’ trash in search of food waste, calling the provision unconstitutional.

King County Superior Court Judge Beth M. Andrus issued an injunction against the garbage inspections but not Seattle’s residential food-waste ban, which forbids throwing away food scraps and compostable paper.

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