Seattle, Washington - The New Year has brought any number of new challenges into our lives-including a law that requires the residents of Seattle to separate food waste for recycling, says the Association of Mature American Citizens.

The regulation states "single-family properties whose garbage contains more than 10 percent recyclables or food waste by volume would receive a notice on their garbage container and a $1 fine will be levied on their bi-monthly garbage bill."

But there is a grace period until fines are actually imposed.  Residents will have until June to comply.  But, beware.  Until then, food waste law breakers will have to bear the shame of a highly visible, bright red sticker affixed to their garbage bins for all to see.