Re: curbside

William P McGowan (
Thu, 7 Oct 1999 09:30:33 -0700 (PDT)

What Jesse fails to mention is that PAYT is an incredibly REGRESSIVE tax
on the poor, who can ill-afford products that are specially packaged in
recycled-content packaging. One of the great ironies of the recycling
movement is that political forces that created government prefernec
programs put aboslutely zero effort into making sure that recycled content
products get preference when they are cost competitive. Since there is no
incentive to lower prices of recycled content packaging--why should
manufacturers give up a profit the government is creating set-asides
for?--the cost of recycled content material is often more expensive than
virgin materials

William P. McGowan
UCSB History/Rincon Recycling