when you use water, you actually pay a considerable amount for getting your water out of your house, into the sewer system, to the purification plant etc. water is cheap, very much so indeed. we pay for the disposal.
how come we do not pay for the disposal of trash. we pay the garbage men, the truck, and the maintenance of landfills, but we do not pay for the real disposal. otherwise there would be no trash.
proposition of a naive young man. when in the super market, there should be price tags, that list the price of the item plus the price of disposal. disposal prices would vary depending on the amount of paint used, sort of plastic, recyclability, toxicity and so on.
what effect i expect? soon there could be organic bananas wrapped in recycled paper in stead of polyethylen. products, if not environmentally friendly would be reused, built more lasting. the money generated by this would go to recycling plants, into research for new materials and so on.
in order to make this idea work anything imported or produced should be affected. right away. people might start making conscious decisions if they have to face consequences of their actions.