February 6, 2013
SEATTLE -- By 2016, Seattle would prohibit single-single homes, multi-family dwellings and businesses from throwing away organic waste, according to an ambitious update to the city's Solid Waste Management Plan that's being considered by lawmakers.
The plan would also prohibit all commercial construction and demolition debris from being landfilled by 2017.
In a meeting Feb. 5, the City Council's Libraries, Utilities, and Center Committee utilities committee voted to recommend that the full council approve the new solid waste plan, according to a report in the Puget Sound Business Journal.
Among the highlights of the city's new plan:
Seattle's recycling rate was 55.4 percent in 2011, according to data from the city.
No word on when the full council will take up the measure.