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# Residents of an apartment complex are considering two

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8. Residents of an apartment complex are considering
two possible plans for collecting recyclable trash.
Plan 1-Residents will deposit recyclable trash in
municipal dumpsters located in the parking lot. The
trash will be collected on the first and the fifteenth
days of each month.

Plan 2-Residents will be given individual containers
for recyclable trash. The containers will be placed at
the curb twice a week for trash collection.

Which of the following points raised at a meeting of
the residents, if valid, would most favor one of the
recycling plans over the other?
(A) Residents will be required to exercise care in
separating recyclable trash from nonrecy-
clable trash.
(B) For trash recycling to be successful, residents
must separate recyclable bottles and cans
from recyclable paper products.
(C) Penalties will be levied against residents who
fail to sort their trash correctly.
(D) Individual recycling containers will need to be
made of a strong and durable material.
(E) Recyclable trash that is allowed to accumulate
for two weeks will attract rodents.
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19 Apr 2004, 05:48
I agree with choice E as the best answer.
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19 Apr 2004, 06:19
I believe parking lot is as close to the house as a curb is. Under this assumption I will go for C. When people dump trash in a common dumpster it is impossible to determine who did not sort the trash. In case of E I believe rodents in the parking lot is as much of a nuisance as rodents on the curb.

Am I being crazy here???

I hope ndidi and hallelujah wont get back at me
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19 Apr 2004, 06:25
Hey Anandnk,

I seriously considered C but then I decided that the penalties would only affect some residents (i.e. the lazy ones) so it's not much of an incentive.
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19 Apr 2004, 19:55
I will get back at you Anandnk. You clearly overanalyzed this one
It is true that rodents will be a nuisance anywhere that they are but it is in how they come about which we are interested into. If they show up only as of 2 weeks, then alternative 2 will never have any rodents. C might not always give us the desirable solution as E would. I know it is utopic to think that all residents are responsible but say they are, then C would not favor one solution over the other.
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19 Apr 2004, 20:37
Ok, I did not find my previous explanation convincing enough. I think this one may be better to refute C. I think the main goal of picking a plan is to find out which one will be more favorable over the other and not which one will be more financially profitable over the other. Here, the residents want to find the solution that will be best for each and every dweller and not trying to find a way to collect money from either plan.

Let's say that some dwellers are lazy and take advantage of the dumpsters to throw in their non-sorted trashes, this may make the "fine collectors" lose money over the individual bins method because they won't be able to determine who sorted the trash and who did not. Yet, does that solve the main problem at hand? No. Whether or not they lose money will not determine which method will be better in terms of effectiveness because their motivation is not a financial one in the first place.

Another train of thought could be that the processing center has employees to sort out those unsorted trashes. Then the sorting of trashes may perhaps not be a main factor if only a small number of dwellers take advantage of dumpsters not to sort their trashes.

Anyways, I'm just trying to find ways to refute C but I think E has a more direct impact on the plan selection process
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20 Apr 2004, 08:43
Hi Paul,

I believe in any case the rodents will be attracted. Either to the parking lot or to the houses. Going with choice E seems that residents are OK with rodents being in the parking lot instead of being in their houses. The problem of rodents is common to both the choices because in both the cases trash will be picked up every 15 days.

I wonder what batliwala is doing. This trash has already started accumulating!!!
Anand.

Again anything can be refuted. I cant be right on every CR!!
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20 Apr 2004, 09:43
I think C is out of scope.

Nowhere in the passage, the author is making any implication about
other trashes or seperating recyclable trashes from non-recyclable trashes.

What the question asks is that which answer choice will force you
to choce one plan over other.

Only E has relevent informaion to support plan-1.

Anyway, Let us wait for offcial answer
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20 Apr 2004, 20:25
OA is E.

I selected C for this and got this wrong. I thought recyclable waste cannot attract rodents and choice E has no merit, whereas with choice C you are definitely liable to be penalised if the individual containers are marked with nos or names of the owner as in plan2 leaving no choice with the residents to opt for plan1.

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