by Zoë Pollock

Eric de Place proposes that Seattle move from once-a-week garbage collection to once-every-two-weeks:

By switching garbage collection to a biweekly schedule [Seattle Public Utilities] would save $5.6 million per year in reduced collection payments to contractors. Plus, those savings would actually increase over time as inflation nudges up the cost of collection contracts. … Experts believe that in a biweekly garbage collection scenario, single family customers will divert more of their food waste from the garbage to the organics bin. SPU would still need to pay for processing the food waste into compost, but that’s cheaper than sending the food waste to a landfill.

Which leads me to wonder why more US cities don't offer curbside pickup for composting?