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More Incentives, More Recycling. Monika Chaudhry Kristin Rohrbeck Hannah Laughlin GCI1:006. Introduction. In the United States awareness of recycling has become higher then ever, yet recycling rates have declined. Partly due to this fact pollution has reached an all time high.

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More Incentives, More Recycling

Monika Chaudhry

Kristin Rohrbeck

Hannah Laughlin

GCI1:006

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Introduction
  • In the United States awareness of recycling has become higher then ever, yet recycling rates have declined. Partly due to this fact pollution has reached an all time high.
  • Some state governments have decided to step in; they’re offering incentives to those that recycle.
  • If the federal government offered incentives will recycling increase, and pollution therefore decrease?
  • We hypothesis, yes, it will!
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Methods

Figure 1.1: Zero Waste America. "Waste and Recycling: Data, Maps, and Graphs." 2006. (12 October 2006)

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Methods

Figure 1.2: Container Recycling Institute. “States with Deposit Laws.” 2006. (16 October 2006)

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Methods

Figure 1.3: Container Recycling Institute. “States with Deposit Laws.” 2006. (16 October 2006)

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Results and Discussion

Figure 1.5: Container Recycling Institute. “States with Deposit Laws.” 2006. (16 October 2006)

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Solutions
  • To solve the problem of the amount of un-recycled recyclables we propose that the federal government create a national deposit on aluminum cans and glass and plastic bottles
  • Consumers would be returned their deposit of $.10 to $.15 per container recycled.
  • We have seen proof of deposit law success in the community that of which we all belong.
    • Students separating non-returnable and returnable recyclables.
    • Those who do not separate donate their deposit to the University or to low income citizens.
  • We can assume that our entire country would react similarly to the way individual states have.
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Conclusion
  • Recycling is a profitable measure.
  • Recycling rates would increase if consumers had something to gain from recycling.
  • We can entice them with incentives offered through the government on the Federal government.
  • Once these incentives are more greatly in effect, recycling will increase, and waste and pollution will decrease as recyclable products will be transformed into post-recycled goods, ready to be used once again.
take home message
Take Home Message

More incentives = More recycling =

Preservation of resources & less pollution in the future!

for more information
For more information…

Visit our website:

http://sitemaker.umich.edu/section6group2

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Bibliography

Ackerman, F. and K. Gallagher. 2002. Mixed Signals: Market Incentives, Recycling, and the Price Spike of 1995. Resources, Conservation, and Recycling, 35: 275-295

Beck, R.W. et al. "Understanding Beverage Container Recycling: A Value Chain Assessment." 2002. (16 October 2006)

Container Recycling Institute. “States with Deposit Laws.” 2006.

(16 October 2006)

Department of Environmental Quality. 2005. Recommendations for Improving and

Expanding Recycling in Michigan. Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. 1-9.

Hartman, R. “Microsoft Encarta Online Encyclopedia: Recycling." 2006.

http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761556346/Recycling.html > (12 October 2006)

Howell, Garry S. 1995. A ten year review of plastics recycling. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 29: 143-164.

Loughlin, Daniel H. and Barlaz, Morton A. 2006. Policies for Strengthening Markets for Recyclables: A Worldwide Perspective. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 36: 287-326

Viegi, G., Maio, S., Pistelli, F., Baldacci, S., Carrozzi, L. 2006. Epidemiology of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease: Health effects of Air pollution. Respirology, 11: 387-415.

Zero Waste America. "Waste and Recycling: Data, Maps, and Graphs."2006. (12 October 2006)

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