Pay Upfront for Cleaning Up the Mess

 Some industries pick up their waste, some others walk away unscathed. Legislators should stop coddling the mess-makers.
Restaurants charge their customers for cleaning up after their mess. They also have to pay city dump fees for their garbage disposal. Many other businesses and industries pay their waste treatment bills.
How come some industries can dump their waste uncontrollably and free of charge?

Many sectors of society manufacture products with a high environmental impact. The cleaning costs are shared by all. This is not a fair arrangement. Each one should pay for its own mess.
Plastic bags would not be so cheap IF the plastic bag manufacturing industry was required to pay for picking up every single bag on the ground. If this were the case, reusable cloth bag manufactures would have a fair chance to compete for the grocery bag business.
Vehicles would not be so cheap to run IF the oil industry was required to pay for capturing all CO2 and other nasty gas emissions. If this were the case, carbon-free ways of transportation, such as bikes, electric cars run on renewable sources of energy and even ox-carts, would have a chance.
Waste disposal rules are not fair. Some industries pick up their mess, some others walk away unscathed. Legislation should correct this inequality. The only way to do it is to make consumers pay upfront for cleaning up.
Many would argue that a clean-up-your-mess upfront fee would be a business killer. “The plastic bag manufacturing industry will die. We need the jobs “, they would say. This is not a fair argument. The restaurant business is thriving despite the fact they have to dispose of their customer’s garbage at the city dump.
The world has always been a struggle between the privileged and the rest. This time the environment is at stake. It is on occasions like these when, as Warren Buffett might put it, government legislators should certainly stop coddling the powerful mess-makers.

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