Friday, July 29, 2005

The Lorax, Reinterpreted

Check out this great post by Jonathan Adler at The Commons blog. Check out my comment too.


Blogger See Jay run said...

Thanks for the post Professor. Of all the many unclear and difficult issues involving libertarian philosophy, environmental issues seem to be the most difficult. I hope that I might attend the 'environment and society' seminar next year to get a better, in-depth view of these issues.

7:05 PM  
Blogger Priscillia said...

Huh, I liked that. Thanx Steve.

I wanted to get your (or anyone else's for that matter) opinion on an idea expressed in "The Future and its Enemies." She cites a community that reduced garbage by having everyone pay for each bag/can that the garbage man had to pick up. I've been thinking that for poor people, they might see this as an opportunity to keep some money & just dump their trash in the street, particularly if they live in apartment buildings where it's harder to find out who did it. But maybe not.

Do you believe this concept to be a viable solution to reducing trash?

9:19 PM  
Blogger philippe de backer said...

I can answer that question with a Belgian expierence.

In Belgium, the bags that are used to put your garbage in are quite expensive because there is a tax on every bag that is sold (35 euro = 40 dollars for 10 bags). Next to that we have a very elaborate system of recycling and sorting our garbage out. This means at least 2 different bags (one for general garbage and one for cans and tins), paper is collected seperatly as is the organic waste. Garbage men will not collect your waste when they see that a bag contains an item that is not suppose to be in the right bag.
This has led to two things. First, Belgium is the country which recycles his garbage the most because of the efficient system of sorting garbage.
Second, in the big cities you see a lot of dumped garbage on the streets and this has become a major issue in neighbourhoods (and even a big topic during national elections...).

So Priscillia, I think you are right that you will see a lot of dumped garbage when such a system is implemented.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Priscillia said...

Maybe you should privatize the streets;)

4:24 PM  

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