(Seattle, WA) It’s not garbage anymore. Composting and recycling items that used to be considered waste starts Thursday, July 1 at Seattle restaurants, coffee shops, food courts, cafeterias and other food service businesses in a major change driven by a new Seattle ordinance.

Customers can now put napkins, paper bags, wooden coffee stir sticks and many types of takeaway containers into new in-store compost collection bins. Hot and cold beverage cups and lids will now go into recycling containers instead the trash.

(Seattle, WA) It’s not garbage anymore. Composting and recycling items that used to be considered waste starts Thursday, July 1 at Seattle restaurants, coffee shops, food courts, cafeterias and other food service businesses in a major change driven by a new Seattle ordinance.

Customers can now put napkins, paper bags, wooden coffee stir sticks and many types of takeaway containers into new in-store compost collection bins. Hot and cold beverage cups and lids will now go into recycling containers instead the trash.

Seattle’s ordinance, which requires all food service businesses to stop throwing away single-use food service ware and packaging, takes effect July 1.

Seattle, closely followed by the City of Issaquah next year, is the first market area in North America to require that single-use food service packaging be either compostable or recyclable.

Similar regulations for single-use food service packaging are being tried in San Francisco and are planned in Toronto.

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