Pay-As-You-Throw Trash: What Do You Think?

Pay-As-You-Throw Trash: What Do You Think?

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Trent Johnson
Nov 24, 2009

If you haven't heard of a Pay-As-You-Throw trash program, it's a variable-rate pricing program for trash disposal that provides an economic incentive to recycle, resulting in far less trash. Would you be excited about a program like this? Survey after the jump.

There are a couple of arguments against such a program:

  • For communities with poor recycling programs (where you have to drive to recycle, for example), you might not see the environmental benefits.
  • It could encourage illegal trash dumping behavior.
  • Low trash generating families will subsidize high trash generating families depending on the basic service fee.

What do you think?

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