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Deliberation Materials: Recycling

Should our democracy require manufacturers to recycle their products?

The amount of trash that human societies create is alarming. This contamination ultimately harms plants and animals, including human beings. Some governments are trying to reduce the waste created by human activities. Reusing materials when manufacturing products is one way to do so. In the 1980s, the Swedish government threatened to ban the use of aluminum beverage containers unless the industry managed to reclaim 75 percent of its products. The goal of such a policy is to give manufacturers an incentive to think about the well-being of the environment when they design and select materials for their products.