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Last year all refuse collected by Shelbyville city services was incinerated. This incineration generated a large quantity of residual ash. In order to reduce the amount of residual ash Shelbyville generates this year to half of last year's total, the city has revamped its collection program. This year city services will separate for recycling enough refuse to reduce the number of truckloads of refuse to be incinerated to half of last year's number.

Which of the following is required for the revamped collection program to achieve its aim?

(A) This year, no materials that city services could separate for recycling will be incinerated.
(B) Separating recyclable materials from materials to be incinerated will cost Shelbyville less than half what it cost last year to dispose of the residual ash.
(C) Refuse collected by city services will contain a larger proportion of recyclable materials this year than it did last year.
(D) The refuse incinerated this year will generate no more residual ash per truckload incinerated than did the refuse incinerated last year.
(E) The total quantity of refuse collected by Shelbyville city service's this year will be no greater than that collected last year.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2004, 08:55
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Will for D as well. I debated with myself whether A was right. However I discounted A because I reasoned that we don't have any info on how much ash the recyclable materials would produce. Also, I think the very reason why the recyclable materials are being separated because they are NOT to be incinerated. So there's no reason to assume they would be.

Can somebody enlighten me if this reasoning for eliminating A sounds ok?

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Re: CR - confusing. [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2004, 10:35
I think B is the answer.

If the idea is to achieve the goal, then the cost has to remain the same while reducing the amount of residue ash Shelbyville generates this year to half of last year’s total. If the cost in doing so goes up enormously, I donot think that it is a success.

B exactly does what is required.If B is true, then less than half for separation of the recyclable materials and the remaining for the incinerating. So,the cost remains the same in both the cases and the aim is achieved.

A - 'not incinerating' does not make sense
C - 'refuse'.Idea is not to achieve the goal somehow.
D - If both residues(last year's and this year's) are equal, the the aim is not achieved.
E - does not talk about 'recycling'

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Last year all refuse collected by Shelbyville city services was incinerated. This incineration generated a large quantity of residue ash. In order to reduce the amount of residue ash Shelbyville generates this year to half of last year’s total, the city has revamped its collection program. This year city services will separate for recycling enough refuse to reduce the number of truckloads of refuse to be incinerated to half of last year’s number.

Which of the following is required for the revamped collection program to achieve its aim?

A. This year, no materials that city services could separate for recycling will be incinerated.
B. Separating recyclable materials from materials to be incinerated will cost Shelbyville less than half what it cost last year to dispose of the residue ash.
C. Refuse collected by city services will contain a larger proportion of recyclable materials this year than it did last year.
D. The refuse incinerated this year will generate no more residue ash per truckload incinerated than did the refuse incinerated last year.
E. The total quantity of refuse collected by Shelbyville city services this year will be no greater than that collected last year.

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 [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2004, 10:58
dwivedys, i think you are right. I got stuck with 'A' but there is no way of knowing how much. THe only other one that makes sense is D. The cost is out of scope according to me...their goal is to reduce the amt. of ash...without any attention to cost.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2004, 15:23
I think it's C
You need to have more refuse to recycle to be able reduce residue ash

B) all we need is reduce the residue ash nothwithstanding the cost involved
D) even though the residue ash/truck load is doubled, we could still recycle 80% of refuse and the goal would be achieved
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2004, 18:22
Program's success relies heavily on the materials that are incinerated. There must be at least half that can be recylced.

A. This year, no materials that city services could separate for recycling will be incinerated.
This doesn't helps us to know if this amount of recycled material is at least half of the refuse. A is out.

B. Separating recyclable materials from materials to be incinerated
will cost Shelbyville less than half what it cost last year to dispose
of the residue ash.

Cost is not a concern here. B is out.

C. Refuse collected by city services will contain a larger proportion of recyclable materials this year than it did last year.

Exactly what we needed. C it is.

D. The refuse incinerated this year will generate no more residue ash per truckload incinerated than did the refuse incinerated last year.

That still doesn't reduce the residual ash by 1/2. Also, it doesn't say that reduction is achieved through recycling some of the refuse. D is out.

E. The total quantity of refuse collected by Shelbyville city services this year will be no greater than that collected last year.

Same thing as D. E is out.
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Re: CR - confusing. [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2004, 19:37
Yes.. B is clearly out of scope as 'cost' was never a concern at all in the stem.

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I think B is the answer.

If the idea is to achieve the goal, then the cost has to remain the same while reducing the amount of residue ash Shelbyville generates this year to half of last year’s total. If the cost in doing so goes up enormously, I donot think that it is a success.

B exactly does what is required.If B is true, then less than half for separation of the recyclable materials and the remaining for the incinerating. So,the cost remains the same in both the cases and the aim is achieved.

A - 'not incinerating' does not make sense
C - 'refuse'.Idea is not to achieve the goal somehow.
D - If both residues(last year's and this year's) are equal, the the aim is not achieved.
E - does not talk about 'recycling'

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Last year all refuse collected by Shelbyville city services was incinerated. This incineration generated a large quantity of residue ash. In order to reduce the amount of residue ash Shelbyville generates this year to half of last year’s total, the city has revamped its collection program. This year city services will separate for recycling enough refuse to reduce the number of truckloads of refuse to be incinerated to half of last year’s number.

Which of the following is required for the revamped collection program to achieve its aim?

A. This year, no materials that city services could separate for recycling will be incinerated.
B. Separating recyclable materials from materials to be incinerated will cost Shelbyville less than half what it cost last year to dispose of the residue ash.
C. Refuse collected by city services will contain a larger proportion of recyclable materials this year than it did last year.
D. The refuse incinerated this year will generate no more residue ash per truckload incinerated than did the refuse incinerated last year.
E. The total quantity of refuse collected by Shelbyville city services this year will be no greater than that collected last year.

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 [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2004, 02:52
D for me too.

B deals with scope and is out of scope, trying to confuse us withthe 1/2 ratio
C we do not know what was this recyclable proportion last year so it is impossible to conclude anything. If the stem would have been : recyclable ratio increased so that half of what was burnt is now recyclable it would be better...
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Last year all refuse collected by Shelbyville city services [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2005, 06:11
Last year all refuse collected by Shelbyville city services was incinerated. This incineration generated a large quantity of residue ash. In order to reduce the amount of residue ash Shelbyville generates this year to half of last year’s total, the city has revamped its collection program. This year city services will separate for recycling enough refuse to reduce the number of truckloads of refuse to be incinerated to half of last year’s number.

Which of the following is required for the revamped collection program to achieve its aim?

A. This year, no materials that city services could separate for recycling will be incinerated.

B. Separating recyclable materials from materials to be incinerated will cost Shelbyville less than half what it cost last year to dispose of the residue ash.

C. Refuse collected by city services will contain a larger proportion of recyclable materials this year than it did last year.

D. The refuse incinerated this year will generate no more residue ash per truckload incinerated than did the refuse incinerated last year.

E. The total quantity of refuse collected by Shelbyville city services this year will be no greater than that collected last year.
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I'll go with (D)

Examining the stem:

Last year:
All refuse (collected in N truckloads) --- incinerated ---> residue ash

This year:
All refuse --- separate for recycling ---> refuse to be incinerated (resulting in half the previous year's truckloads N/2) ---- incinerate this left over refuse ----> residue ash (which is half the last year's quantity)

Therefore, this year only half the amount of residue is being incinerated. So, unless each truckload generates less residue ash than it did last year, the objective cannot be achieved.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2005, 08:26
maaverick, thanks for your perfect explanation.

The OA is D.

err... could you explain why C is wrong?


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 [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2005, 08:29
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maaverick, thanks for your perfect explanation.

The OA is D.

err... could you explain why C is wrong?


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You're most welcome and I'm glad I could be of help!

(C) is wrong in the following sense:

"Refuse collected by city services will contain a larger proportion of recyclable materials this year than it did last year" - sure, but by what factor? Unless we have a factor indicating how much the recyclable refuse had increased by, we cannot be sure that the residue ash would decrease by half this year.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2005, 08:49
Thanks.

The key is half of the ash. right?
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Re: CR0218--incineration [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2005, 08:49
A. This year, no materials that city services could separate for recycling will be incinerated.
This is good, but not necessary. If there are more than half that can be recycled, some could be incinerated and still the half incinartion goal is achieved.

B. Separating recyclable materials from materials to be incinerated will cost Shelbyville less than half what it cost last year to dispose of the residue ash.
Nobody is talking about costs here.

C. Refuse collected by city services will contain a larger proportion of recyclable materials this year than it did last year.
We really don't know what they will collect.

D. The refuse incinerated this year will generate no more residue ash per truckload incinerated than did the refuse incinerated last year.
Yes. We want half of the residuals to come from half of the incinerations, that would mean each truck load cannot generate more ash than before.

E. The total quantity of refuse collected by Shelbyville city services this year will be no greater than that collected last year.
We don't know about this one either.
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chunjuwu wrote:
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The key is half of the ash. right?


Spot on! The key is half the ash
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Last year all refuse collected by Shelbyville city services [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2006, 22:11
Last year all refuse collected by Shelbyville city services was incinerated. This incineration generated a large quantity of residue ash. In order to reduce the amount of residue ash Shelbyville generates this year to half of last year’s total, the city has revamped its collection program. This year city services will separate for recycling enough refuse to reduce the number of truckloads of refuse to be incinerated to half of last year’s number.

Which of the following is required for the revamped collection program to achieve its aim?

A. This year, no materials that city services could separate for recycling will be incinerated.

B. Separating recyclable materials from materials to be incinerated will cost Shelbyville less than half what it cost last year to dispose of the residue ash.

C. Refuse collected by city services will contain a larger proportion of recyclable materials this year than it did last year.

D. The refuse incinerated this year will generate no more residue ash per truckload incinerated than did the refuse incinerated last year.

E. The total quantity of refuse collected by Shelbyville city services this year will be no greater than that collected last year.

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Re: CR: Shelbyville city services [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2006, 22:47
A. This year, no materials that city services could separate for recycling will be incinerated. Makes sense but not required for the collection to work. If more than half are not recycled ==> More than half are incinerated ==> more residue ash

B. Separating recyclable materials from materials to be incinerated will cost Shelbyville less than half what it cost last year to dispose of the residue ash. Costs are not mentioned in the stem

C. Refuse collected by city services will contain a larger proportion of recyclable materials this year than it did last year. We don't know that. Out of scope

D. The refuse incinerated this year will generate no more residue ash per truckload incinerated than did the refuse incinerated last year. Correct! This must be required in order for the revamped program to work!!!

E. The total quantity of refuse collected by Shelbyville city services this year will be no greater than that collected last year. Not required
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2006, 23:34
I think C.

For revamped collection program to work, the truck loads of material to be incinerated should be less.

More recyclable waste ------> Less waste to be incinerated -----> Less residue ash.
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C is out because it refers only to proportion not to the total quantity.

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 [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2006, 21:04
Negate (D) and the author`s argument falls apart.
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