Monday, September 17, 2012

Dutch people must pay to throw it away

MR reports:
The Netherlands is rolling out some 6,000 smart garbage cans that can only be used when residents scan an RFID-enabled ID card.  Besides monitoring just how much trash someone disposes of, the cans will also measure and charge the user based on how much refuse they tossed.
Tyler Cowan responds: "I don't think this will do much to encourage littering or illegal garbage disposal.  It may encourage the purchase of less packaging and waste."  But why would this kind of tax not encourage avoidance and even evasion?  Is this a culture argument?

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