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Seattle Passes First-Ever Legislation to Combat Greenwashing

posted Oct 7, 2016, 9:32 AM by Julie Moore

As we all work to prevent food waste and compost what isn’t prevented, it will be increasingly important to eliminate confusing and look-alike packaging that is not compostable, but appears to be.

Earlier this week, Seattle City Council passed first-in-the-nation legislation to address the growing problem of non-compostable bags being mistaken for compostable bags. The legislation passed unanimously and does the following:


       Non-compostable plastic bags provided to customers must not be tinted green or brown

       Such as produce bags

       Compostable bags provided to customers must be tinted green or brown and must be labeled compostable

       Bags provided to customers cannot be labeled biodegradable, degradable, decomposable    or similar terms

       Establishes definition for compostable

       Makes a mandatory minimum charge of $.05 for large paper carryout bags permanent


The legislation and the presentation to Council can be viewed at ordinance. Click the Text tab for the legislation. Supporting documents include a summary and fiscal note, the presentation and an adopted amendment regarding reporting.


Press release is attached.

Julie Moore,
Oct 7, 2016, 9:32 AM