Seattle made national headlines over a year ago when public utilities officials announced they’d be fining residents who don’t properly sort their compost and recyclables.
Not so fast, officials:
King County Superior Court Judge Beth Andrus declared Wednesday that Seattle’s ordinance that allows garbage collectors to look through people’s trash to ensure food scraps aren’t mixing with trash is “unconstitutional and void.”
That sort of thing may fly in the U.K., but not so much here in the USA. The ruling has to be a real blow to Portland's head of the "Bureau of Environmeddle Services", "Sustainable Susan". He's been pushing for a few years to "encourage" us to dump food waste into the yard debris bins, even going so far as to print up and send us the occasional mailer to tell us how to clean the food crud out of the bins in an "environmeddly-friendly" way. He was hoping to make it a rule, ultimately punishable by fines for non-compliance.