Re: Refillable Bottles & home collection

Steve Schell (
Mon, 24 May 1999 22:01:57 -0400

At 06:25 PM 5/24/99 -0400, Carol Slechta wrote:
>Again, charging wasteful consumers prevents the "zero waste" people
>from subsidizing the wasteful ones. It is a bit of a regressive tax
>since it hits poor people more heavily but there is no inherent
>reason that poor people should generate more waste, so I think
>that can be overlooked.

Steve says:

There may well be some reasons why poor people generate more waste, among

1. poor people generally do not have built-in garbage disposers, hence a
significantly larger portion of their waste is food waste.

2. poor people generally cannot afford to "shop smart," i.e. buy products
that use little or no packaging. When you are shopping on a budget you buy
the most inexpensive things you can and those products tend to be the ones
with the most disposable packaging. additionally, many products you buy
inexpensively now, will not last as long as those that may cost more money
and hence must be discarded sooner than should be necessary. but when you
have a limited income, you find it easier to spend five dollars now and
maybe have to spend five more in a couple months to replace an item than to
spend maybe fifteen now and have it last for six months. just a
hypothetical example but you see what i mean.