Pay as You Throw

On March 22, 2010, in Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, by Deb Lee
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“Why should I pay the same as someone else who throws away twice as much?” ~Ellis Burruss, Frederick County Solid Waste Advisory Council

How do you feel about the concept of paying for what you throw away?  That means that the more you buy, consume, and discard, the more you pay for the garbage you throw away.  Ellis Burruss of Frederick County, MD doesn’t believe he should have to pay for trash service because he recycles just about everything.

The idea is waste less and pay less, or in Mr. Burruss’ case, pay nothing.  If you have more “re-usables,” then you’ll also have less to throw away.  If you shop less, then you also have less to throw out (and theoretically, you’re likely to be living a more simple life).  Less garbage = smaller landfills = good for the environment = everybody’s happy…right?

Hit people where it hurts the most – their pocket – and they’ll do almost anything, yes?  What do you think?  Is this the right course of action?  Leave a comment with your thoughts and take the poll below.

Would you recycle more if you what you paid for trash pick up was based on the volume of your trash?


Are you willing to pay as you throw?

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