Go over the limit — 10 percent of all your trash — and you could face a whopping $1 fine for each occurrence. The ordinance allows trash collectors to document the offenses as they're out running their daily routes, according to The Seattle Times:
Under the new rules, collectors can take a cursory look each time they dump trash into a garbage truck.
If they see compostable items make up 10 percent or more of the trash, they'll enter the violation into a computer system their trucks already carry, and will leave a ticket on the garbage bin that says to expect a $1 fine on the next garbage bill.
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The report quotes the city utilities director, who claims the ordinance isn't an attempt to raise revenue. Rather, he suggests, it's intended to encourage people to modify their behavior by negatively reinforcing indiscriminate food disposal.