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April 24, 2015
Breathe easy, Seattle. The proposed fines for not following Seattle’s new food composting rule have been delayed.
The fines were originally scheduled to start July 1. But on Wednesday, Mayor Ed Murray said he would suspend those fines for the rest of the year. The earliest they could go into effect–and that's a big if–is January 2016.
The rule was simple: Don’t put compost in the trash. And if trash was made up of more than 10 percent compost, the fine proposed was a whopping $1 for a single-family home. For businesses and apartment buildings, the proposed fine would have been $50.
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