Law

Discarding of Recyclables

This paper posits that a ban on throwing recyclables into trash cans in Portland Oregon is necessary and positive because there is a growing clamor for it as reflected in a cascade of legislation in many states all over the US enforcing such related bans because there is overwhelming evidence that mandated bans in law are more effective than voluntary recycling programs in reducing waste and eliciting support for recycling programs, and because the foundations of good environmental practices and awareness in the communities of Portland are in place to successfully enforce a ban (Millman. CalRecycle. Bosque. Koch. City of Seattle. Peters).First, there are overwhelming precedents from other states with regard to positive outcomes and wide support for the enactment and enforcement of laws that ban the trashing of recyclables such as electronics and other items from trash cans. Those precedents point to the success of such legislation and controls in bringing about a drastic reduction in the number of such recyclables in the trash, with positive repercussions on the sustainability of the trash collection programs, the recycling programs, and the landfills that are used to hold the trash. In-state after state, the enactment of laws relating to e-wastes, for instance, and the banning of such e-wastes from landfills have forced citizens to more actively support their state recycling programs, and to be very mindful about what they put in the trash. In North Carolina, for instance, state laws that ban recyclable items from its landfills have resulted in the passage of stricter regulations and area ordinances relating to the putting of such items into the trash bins, reinforcing the state landfill bans in a downward cascade of restrictions. What the state laws on bans on landfills of recyclables do, as demonstrated in the example of North Carolina, is to tighten regulations and laws down the line, passing on from the state to thecities and counties, leading to the eventual policing of the trash cans coming out of individual homes, with good results.

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