A controversial Seattle ordinance that allowed city workers to inspect people’s trash — as part of an effort to stop residents from throwing food scraps in the wrong pile — was ruled unconstitutional on Wednesday.

King County Superior Court Judge Beth Andrus said sanitation works and other city collectors poking through everyday garbage violates privacy rights and voided the ordinance.

“I’m thrilled as can be,” Ethan Blevins, attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of eight Seattle residents, told The Seattle Times. He added, “We have been vindicated.”

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