Seattle Recycling Laws Take Effect

Seattle — A set of recycling laws took effect in Seattle on Jan. 1. Under the laws, city residents and businesses must recycle paper and cardboard. Residents also must recycle tin and aluminum cans and plastic and glass bottles, according to a report in the Seattle Times newspaper.

"The new rules will not lead to any immediate rate increases, or penalties for failing to comply," the paper reports. "Those who put large amounts of paper and other recyclables in their garbage cans will receive notices this year explaining the new rules." In 2006, the city will begin to issue fines under certain circumstances.