Well, no, they aren't going to set up stocks in Pioneer Square and have the citizenry throw rotten food at people imprisoned therein, but it's roughly the same; they've begun "red-tagging" the garbage bins of people who dare to put food into the garbage. The neighbors will notice, and shun the offenders.
Coming down the road, in July: fines for folks who ignore neighborly shunning and continue the unspeakable practice of placing rotting leftovers into the garbage. Welcome to Seattle today!
Doubtless, they'll soon be banning installation of garbage disposals in kitchen sinks as well. They demand, as does the city of Porkland, that residents and businesses compost.
You can put that in your compost bin and buy it back next year in a bag and put it in your garden.
Yes, that's the ticket! You can pay to have your leftovers picked up (or pay a fine if you don't) and then you can pay again to buy some of it back to put on your garden (assuming you even have a garden). Such a deal! What? Why, no, this isn't social engineering. Really, it snot. It's just "encouraging" people to do the right thing. Nothing wrong with that, is there?
Up here on the mountain, we've had a couple of compost bins for years; our coffee grounds and veggie debris go in there (at one point, so did ten years' worth of tax-related paperwork - it composts just fine as well). Some leftovers from the take-out go into our garbage disposal, which I replaced a few years back with a heftier one in case Portland decided to ban them. We occasionally still put stuff into the garbage, but in our family, we manage to fill one 20-gallon can every couple of weeks, so we don't think we're really over-doing things.
But come around to tag my can, and you'll find your can being tagged - hard. And I'll stuff that red tag in your pants. There's only so much bureaucratic crud they should expect you to quietly endure.