Fined for Wasting Food

B1 – Intermediate

The city of Seattle is introducing a system to fine people who waste food. They will get a $1 fine if more than 10 per cent of their garbage is food. The Seattle Public Utilities department said the new garbage disposal system should make people more aware that recycling is important.

U.S. city will fine people who waste food


1. Do you think that fining people will lessen the the amount of food that is being wasted?
2. Is recycling done in your neighborhood or city?
3. What laws does your country have when it comes to food wastage?
4. What are other things the government can do to discourage wastage?

 *Update: This law has been in effect since January 2015

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