What if waste removal was pay-by-weight?

I’ve just read an article on food waste and one of the reasons they mention in favour of composting is “Saving money on garbage disposal”.

Here in South Africa we are not charged for trash removal by weight, which is in effect, or on the cards, in some countries. This sentence made me consider this: If we were charged per kilogram of trash for it to be removed, would we all recycle our waste and compost our organics?

The 5Rs – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot (compost) – become a lot more prioritised when one’s wallet is targeted.

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