Oregon Law Case Study

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To begin with, when the Oregon law introduced the deposit system in 1971 it was used to address the issue of bottles, and cans alongside the roads, beaches, and other areas. This law was a way to motivate people to save their cans and later recycle them to get an incentive back. Incentives always motivate individuals to do something and the new bill kind of did that. In order to keep the environment clean, it was a way to give the public an incentive to save their bottles and cans. As mentioned the redemption rates for Oregon had exceeded to 90 percent in the first 15 years of bottle bill and slowly it started to fall. By 2009 it was at 75 percent. In the first few years, the public was motivated to save their cans because it was something new and they got incentivised. Also, back then a nickel had a lot of power. But slowly for many individuals, the nickel didn’t mean much and the rates started falling down.…show more content…
The public didn’t really see an additional benefit to saving cans, which is known as the marginal analysis. Due to the rates falling many people probably thought about how saving a few cans would require them to make a trip to the store while they may have to engage in other activities. It would require them to give up their time on something more important, perhaps which is known as the opportunity cost. Also, for some people recycling cans are dirty and is a task that requires effort while the return isn't as
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