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Trash Is America’s $384 Billion Problem

We’re all familiar with the environmental costs of throwing away as much garbage as Americans do (165 million tons in 2012): greenhouse gas emissions and risks to soil, air, and water quality. But what about the financial costs of all this waste? Every year, solid waste costs the U.S. economy $384 billion. Let’s break that…

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The Garbage Crisis in America

What do you call a system that charges people the same amount for a product whether they use it sparingly or wastefully, creates outcomes that run counter to the objectives of the people in charge of it, and is built in a way that actually encourages people to be wasteful? You call that system garbage….

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