A Washington State Superior Court judge has ruled that Seattle's residential garbage inspections to check for compostable waste are unconstitutional, rendering that portion of the city's food waste recycling ordinance as invalid.
Valerie Richardson reports for The Washington Times:
“This ruling does not prohibit the city from banning food waste and compostable paper in SPU-provided garbage cans,” the 14-page decision said, referring to the . “It merely renders invalid the provisions of the ordinance and rule that authorize a warrantless search of residents’ garbage cans when there is no applicable exception to the warrant requirement, such as the existence of prohibited items in plain view.”What do you think about the ruling? We suspect it will lead to cheating and render food waste recycling less successful and more costly. The ruling allows a few uptight residents, allegedly concerned about the individual freedom of their garbage, to muddle up a program that serves the overall good of the community. This was anything but a victory for common sense. Share your view below by clicking on the tiny 'comments' link.
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