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In Switzerland you have to pay to throw away trash

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The rules and regulations of garbage disposal and recycling in Switzerland take some getting used to, but are ultimately for the greater good.

Waste disposal & recycling in Lausanne
The Swiss are efficient and conscientious about recycling and have a myriad of rules and regulations regarding the issue. Unsurprisingly, Switzerland tops world rankings for environmental action. Adapting to Switzerland's waste and recycling collection system requires time and effort but it is good for your conscience and for your wallet. Recycling collection points for most materials are widely available.http://www.helloswitzerland.ch/-/waste-recycling-in-lausanne
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In a further attempt to spare the environment, Swiss grocery stores do not offer free bags of any kind, though they do sell shopping bags at a premium price to customers who forget to bring their own.

Having to pay for shopping bags and the disposal of garbage encourages people to be very careful in how they shop, what they buy and how they dispose of their trash, and this has contributed to Switzerland's top rating for environmental action.
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Should more countries implement this law/rule?
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Recycling will only work when we stop sending our rubbish to third world countries so we can pretend we are actually recycling rather than hiding it.
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Recycling really isn’t a good answer to anything. We should be looking at eliminating unnecessary packaging (particularly plastic), and only using materials that biodegradable and cause no environmental impact where packaging is absolutely necessary. Recycling takes energy, transport and labor, and most of what we collect is either burned, landfilled, or ends up in the ocean.
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Then make the manufacturers use either recyclable or biodegradable packaging. The problem starts with the beginning of any supply chain.
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I understand about recycling, naturally. However, companies don't exactly use environment-friendly packaging either. I believe it has to start with the companies, so that this sort of trash will slowly diminish.
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I understand about recycling, naturally. However, companies don't exactly use environment-friendly packaging either. I believe it has to start with the companies, so that this sort of trash will slowly diminish.
Then it's up to the consumer to stop supporting them. We're not exactly innocent in the process either. Companies will do what consumers demand if their sales are on the line.
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We just have to go back to the 50s and beyond. No wastage in those years milk bottles soft drink bottles recycled bread wrapped in tissue paper own pots taken to Chinese takeaways picnic baskets taken with no plastic throwaways newspapers recycled butchers wrapped meat in paper not plastic vegetables put in baskets loose or in paper bags. People had chooks and fed them food scraps on return for eggs and the Sunday roast I could go on and on but the government plays a big part as they are happy to collect gst and taxes on all goods so why would they encourage the change back to the past.
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