Economics 101

Economics 101

1.If there is a deposit/price put on bottles, cans or glass, people are more than likely going to be more inclined to save them from the garbage or recycle them. It would not make sense to just throw them away if they could possibly make you some money. Therefore, putting this deposit on these items, places them at a fairly valuable state to many and should incline them to want to save them to make that money and recycle them, as opposed to just bagging them up to send to the landfill to be wasted.

2.If communities did not mandate recycling, then everyone would just throw their cans, glass, newspaper, etc in the garbage with everything else, which leads to not only more garbage, but much more expensive garbage. Recycling newspaper, aluminum and glass can save a ton of money and by providing every home with a recycling bin and making this process mandatory, less garbage will be put into bags and cans and more will be “recycled.”

Even if every community or household is not technically required to recycle, the mentioning of it alone, can help people to understand the money aspect of it and will hopefully lead to more recycling from all people, not just those required to. Also, those who do recycle can potentially save money on excess garbage bags and cans as well.

3.If the government is placing a fee on per-can pick up, or weighing bags out each week, then I believe that people are not going to be consuming as much at the grocery store, for example each week. The less goods people have in the home, should result in less that gets eaten or thrown away, which would cause more garbage each week.

4.If anything has a price put on it, that did not have one before, it is going to be taken more seriously. For example, if there were to be a fixed rate per can, price per pound, or flat fee, I think that the amount of garbage produced each week by each household would decrease significantly. I believe that if there were to be a set fee per month...

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