From the Seattle Times:
Food-trash recycling at homes to be required by Seattle in '09
The good news:
"All single-family homes in Seattle must sign up for table-scrap recycling in 2009, the City Council decided Monday."
The bad news:
"While residents will have to pay for the service, the city will not check whether they are actually dumping food in the new separate bin.... Recycling food waste will be voluntary for apartments, as well as for businesses, which produce twice as much food waste as residents."
Right now, food waste pickup is every other week so we can't put in dairy or meat scraps because it supposedly attracts animals. The argument lately has been to move toward weekly pickup so we can include these items.
I would much rather see weekly pickup for those people who will actually employ food waste recycling instead of charging people and then not following up or encouraging them to do so. It seems like an empty gesture. Perhaps this is just a baby-step to policing and enforcing compliance (kind of like what happened with our recycling program).