Pay-as-You-Throw Scholarly Journal

Van Houtven, George L., and Glenn E. Morris. “Household Behavior under Alternative Pay-as-You-Throw Systems for Solid Waste Disposal.” Land Economics, vol. 75, no. 4, 1999, pp. 515–537.

This scholarly journal is about a method of disposal that makes people pay for trash per bag. The scientific thought process of the disposal method that requires the public to pay for the removal of garbage per bag is displayed in this journal. The authors acknowledge the benefits and negatives of a system like this. The benefits of this type of system makes people more conscious about what they are throwing away, reducing the amount of trash in landfills. People start to be more conscious about their waste because they would rather spend a minute out of their day thinking and separating their trash rather than paying extra for it. A downside to this program is that many cities do not charge for any form of recycle, which means there is no stream of revenue going towards trucks, gas, employees, etc.

The relationship this article has with another article is very similar. A New York Times article in my essay also talks about the pay by bag method but in a much less scientific way. Both of these sources have statistics about the program. However the journal is the only source that notices some draw backs from this program.

Are there other cities that are starting to implement other methods or similar methods to dispose of the large quantity of waste that humans produce? Throughout time the amount of waste per day has always been increasing whether it is a constant increase or an exponential increase the amount of waste as always grown. Will the amount of waste ever start to decline?


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