Sustainability a pitcher at a time response


While the school’s policies are responsible for the use of cans instead of kegs, it is the state that is responsible for the lack of a CRV system which incorporates the external cost of the can into the price of the beer. Clearly these cans still hold value and many people make a livelihood recycling the material once it has been thrown away, but treating these cans like trash is a social problem that this state shares with quite a few others. The dilemma lies in the incentives that citizens have to recycle instead of trash. If people are forced to pay for these cans when they buy them full, an immediate sweep of recycling would no doubt sweep the state and therefore this school. It is sad that sustainable measures such as recycling must be forced on people rather than done by choice, but that is a product of ethics and values that some people have been raised with.

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