I've got a solution to the recycling problem. Pass a law that says that every company has to accept back any products they provide, when they reach end-of-life. So, for example, retailers would have to accept packaging waste back from customers, and the wholesaler that sold them the product would have to accept it back from them. Internalizing the cost of dealing with waste would motivate companies to make less disposable stuff, and find ways to make it easier to recycle:
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@strypey As far as packaging goes that's already the law in Germany. I have not seen the decrease in packaging though. Maybe due to it not being the only return channel as you can also put it in the (separated) household thrash.
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@ckeen how long has the law been in place? Is it actually enforced? Are the penalties pathetically small fines that are cheaper than what it would cost them to comply, or reduce their waste production?

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