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Advocates argue that five-cent bottle deposits charged on beverage containers are necessary for environmental protection because they help to ensure that plastic and glass bottles as well as aluminum cans are recycled. This is, the advocates say, because the five-cent redemption programs provide a strong incentive to return the used containers to recycling facilities. However, a recent study found that states without a bottle deposit had more success in implementing comprehensive recycling programs, which include paper, plastics, and steel, in addition to the beverage containers, than did states with a bottle deposit law.

The answer to which of the following questions would be most useful in analyzing the significance of the study referenced above?

A) Did any of the states surveyed lose revenue on the bottle deposit program?
B) Do the citizens of the states that were studied prefer five-cent redemption programs on beverage containers?
C) When the five-cent deposit programs were implemented, were the citizens of the states that began programs as enthusiastic about recycling as the citizens of the other states?
D) Did citizens of the states with and without bottle deposit programs purchase comparable numbers of beverages in plastic, glass and aluminum containers?
E) Where the bottle deposit and comprehensive recycling programs given equal funding?

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D) Aluminum cans have so much value that when these cans are included in the comprehensive recycling program, instead of recycled separately, they pay for the costs of the entire program.correct
individual pay back on bottles doesn't lure people as much as the cost of entire program.
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Advocates argue that five-cent bottle deposits charged on beverage containers are necessary for environmental protection because they help to ensure that plastic and glass bottles as well as aluminum cans are recycled. This is, the advocates say, because the five-cent redemption programs provide a strong incentive to return the used containers to recycling facilities. However, a recent study found that states without a bottle deposit had more success in implementing comprehensive recycling programs, which include paper, plastics, and steel, in addition to the beverage containers, than did states with a bottle deposit law.

The answer to which of the following questions would be most useful in analyzing the significance of the study referenced above?

We require a question that will supply us an answer that will help us figure out why the states without a bottle deposit had more success in implementing comprehensive recycling programs.

A) Did any of the states surveyed lose revenue on the bottle deposit program?
Revenue is irrelevant to the implementation of the recycling programs.

B) Do the citizens of the states that were studied prefer five-cent redemption programs on beverage containers?
We only care about why the states that did have a bottle deposit were not recycling as much as the states without the bottle deposits.

C) When the five-cent deposit programs were implemented, were the citizens of the states that began programs as enthusiastic about recycling as the citizens of the other states?
States who are enthusiastic about recycling and don't have bottle deposits may recycle more than states who don't like to recycle but have a bottle deposit program.

D) Did citizens of the states with and without bottle deposit programs purchase comparable numbers of beverages in plastic, glass and aluminum containers?
The success isn't measured by the quantity of recyclables but by the rate of beverage containers that become recycled.

E) Where the bottle deposit and comprehensive recycling programs given equal funding?
Irrelevant comparison. The bottle deposit and comprehensive recycling programs are not the same and thus can not be compared.
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The way the question is worded confused me, but through POE, D seemed like the correct choice.

This is the explanation for the solution on Veritas

Correct answer: D This is a resolve the paradox question. In this question you are asked to explain why the states without a bottle deposit program had more success in implementing a comprehensive recycling program. This is surprising because a bottle deposit program provides a strong incentive for people to recycle plastic, glass, and aluminum beverage containers. Choice D is the correct answer. Remember, you are trying to explain why states without a bottle deposit program had more “success in implementing a comprehensive recycling program.” Choice D indicates that Aluminum cans will “pay for costs of the entire comprehensive recycling program” when they are included, rather than being taken out of the recycling stream and into a separate beverage bottle deposit program; this points to greater success in implementing a comprehensive program.

Choice A is interesting and tempting. If the bottle deposit programs are not convenient and not popular then this would impact people’s motivation. However, even if unpopular these laws provide a “strong incentive for people to recycle these containers. So this does not explain why states without this program would have more success. Choice B cannot be the answer because you cannot explain why one thing is more successful simply by pointing to something that the two programs have in common. If I want to explain why you are more successful on the GMAT than I am I cannot say that we each get 75 minutes for the Verbal section. Choice C points in the wrong direction. It indicates a reason why the states with the bottle deposit program would be more successful. Choice E indicates that there are more states with bottle deposit programs but this does not tell us why these states are not as successful.

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Advocates argue that five-cent bottle deposits charged on beverage containers are necessary for environmental protection because they help to ensure that plastic and glass bottles as well as aluminium cans are recycled. This is, the advocates say, because the five-cent redemption programs provide a strong incentive to return the used containers to recycling facilities. However, a recent study found that states without a bottle deposit had more success in implementing comprehensive recycling programs, which include paper, plastics, and steel, in addition to the beverage containers, than did states with a bottle deposit law.

The answer to which of the following questions would be most useful in analyzing the significance of the study referenced above?

A) Did any of the states surveyed lose revenue on the bottle deposit program?
B) Do the citizens of the states that were studied prefer five-cent redemption programs on beverage containers?
C) When the five-cent deposit programs were implemented, were the citizens of the states that began programs as enthusiastic about recycling as the citizens of the other states?
D) Did citizens of the states with and without bottle deposit programs purchase comparable numbers of beverages in plastic, glass and aluminum containers?
E) Where the bottle deposit and comprehensive recycling programs given equal funding?

I think the correct Answer should be D . Here's why:

A) Did any of the states surveyed lose revenue on the bottle deposit program? Incorrect This is not relevant to evaluate the argument

B) Do the citizens of the states that were studied prefer five-cent redemption programs on beverage containers?Incorrect The preference of the citizens doesnt matter to the relevance of argument.

C) When the five-cent deposit programs were implemented, were the citizens of the states that began programs as enthusiastic about recycling as the citizens of the other states?Incorrect Enthusiasm of the citizens is not relevant here

D) Did citizens of the states with and without bottle deposit programs purchase comparable numbers of beverages in plastic, glass and aluminum containers?Correct If we take this choice to extremes that no of containers were not same then it weakens the conclusion that recycling programs for states which did not implement five cent program were more successful , on the other hand if the number were same then it strengthens the argument that yes states without 5 cent program were more successful.

E) Were the bottle deposit and comprehensive recycling programs given equal funding? Incorrect Funding is not relevant here.

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Critical thinking implies any program need to be profitable for sustainable continuance. It is known world universally that recycling is one of the profitable strategies. It is not enthusiasm that will be the mainstay of any project. Let us take this case; the passage says that there are states without deposit law, but still continuing to recycle beverages, along with many others. One might enthusiastic to start with any schemes, but would not bother a while later, if they were to lose money consistently. So I would reckon that the deposit law countries were losing in spite of the incentives on cans, sand hence they are lagging behind other countries.

A) Did any of the states surveyed lose revenue on the bottle deposit program? --looks like it is the best choice -it is all in the money, you see
B) Do the citizens of the states that were studied prefer five-cent redemption programs on beverage containers? …. Preference is irrelevant here.
C) When the five-cent deposit programs were implemented, were the citizens of the states that began programs as enthusiastic about recycling
as the citizens of the other states? ---- Initial enthusiasm is not a valid reason for project's sustenance
D) Did citizens of the states with and without bottle deposit programs purchase comparable numbers of beverages in plastic, glass and aluminum containers? --- does not take into account the other comprehensive recycling programs
E) were the bottle deposit and comprehensive recycling programs given equal funding? ------ funding cane compared on such wide ranging factors. Funding can be compared only between bottle recycling vs. bottle recycling and not with steel, paper or plastics. Irrelevant comparison

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A program that has plenty of profit overall has the resilience to carry other less profitable projects associated with it. This is what is happening in Aluminum recycling. So, over a period, comprehensive programs that would include aluminum recycling, would sustain and win over bottle recycling programs that are run exclusively

A) Bottle deposit programs are increasingly unpopular in state legislatures and may soon be replaced with comprehensive recycling programs. ---state legislature is an unnecessary insinuation in the context.

B) The level of motivation for individual consumers to recycle materials other than beverage containers remains the same regardless of which program is used. ----does not help to resolve the paradox

C) Individuals have a greater financial incentive to actively recycle beverage cans and bottles if a bottle deposit program is in effect. --- If it were true, the finding turns irrelevant

D) Aluminum cans have so much value that when these cans are included in the comprehensive recycling program, instead of recycled separately; they pay for the costs of the entire program. --- Must be the reason, why comprehensive programs are over performing compared to stand-alone bottle recycling

E) There are more states with bottle-deposit programs than with comprehensive recycling programs. --- Contra to the professed findings of the study

D is the best
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State X: On beverage (plastic, glass and aluminum) containers consumer need to submit 5 cents as per law
: The 5 cents can be returned to get back their hard earned money back

State O (Others): Have no such program as state X

Effectiveness of recycling program (Paper + Plastic + Steel + Beverages waste):

State O > State X

Pre thinking:

So what could be most critical possibilities to analyses this argument. I though of following possibilities:

(a) There could be less amount of recyclable waste in state O

(b) There could be high amount of recyclable waste (other than beverages), which could be managed in much better way

(C) Citizens of state O are actually more environmental friendly and hence willing to participate in recycling irrespective of the financial incentives

Hmn...So choice C is looking good for me.

Moreover earlier I got confused with (D) but comparable purchases does not necessarily mean that it will generate similar proportion of waste. Or we can not derive any correlation what so ever.

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Advocates argue that five-cent bottle deposits charged on beverage containers are necessary for environmental protection because they help to ensure that plastic and glass bottles as well as aluminium cans are recycled. This is, the advocates say, because the five-cent redemption programs provide a strong incentive to return the used containers to recycling facilities. However, a recent study found that states without a bottle deposit had more success in implementing comprehensive recycling programs, which include paper, plastics, and steel, in addition to the beverage containers, than did states with a bottle deposit law.

The answer to which of the following questions would be most useful in analyzing the significance of the study referenced above?

A) Did any of the states surveyed lose revenue on the bottle deposit program?
B) Do the citizens of the states that were studied prefer five-cent redemption programs on beverage containers?
C) When the five-cent deposit programs were implemented, were the citizens of the states that began programs as enthusiastic about recycling as the citizens of the other states?
D) Did citizens of the states with and without bottle deposit programs purchase comparable numbers of beverages in plastic, glass and aluminum containers?
E) Where the bottle deposit and comprehensive recycling programs given equal funding?

What I did was, focused on the question stem. It says, most useful in analyzing the significance of the study referenced above. So now I know what I'm looking for in the argument (this argument is very, very dense!)

A - Irrelevant. We are not concerned whether any states lost any revenue. If 1 of the states loses revenue and the others don't, this won't align with the argument.
B - Irrelevant. Citizens' preference is not in question.
C - Sort of relevant. If the citizens were less enthusiastic about the bottle deposit law/program, the number of people using the program would be fewer. Hence, the program wouldn't be as successful.
D - Irrelevant. Comparable number isn't an indication.
E - Same as above.
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Lets try to break it down a lil bit..

suppose there are 100 bottles worth of beverage.. success rate of incentive driven suppose 100% and 50% for non incentive.
now, all 100 bottles worth of beverages goes back for recycling. and 50 in case for non incentive.
Now, comprehensive programme case - suppose there are 5 categories of recycling. If its a comparable distribution of 100 bottles worth of beverage , then it becomes 20 each for the 5 categories. Now, only incentive is for bottles ones.. 100% success gives 20 bottles returned, but for the non incentive one, as per 50 percent success assumed it becomes 50 bottles and hence more successful overall.

So, comprehensive distribution defeats incentive when its comparable distribution..

So it should be D .
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D) Did citizens of the states with and without bottle deposit programs purchase comparable numbers of beverages in plastic, glass and aluminum containers?

is wrong because it is about purchasing beverages , its not talking about the main point i.e. recycle
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Lets try to break it down a lil bit..

suppose there are 100 bottles worth of beverage.. success rate of incentive driven suppose 100% and 50% for non incentive.
now, all 100 bottles worth of beverages goes back for recycling. and 50 in case for non incentive.
Now, comprehensive programme case - suppose there are 5 categories of recycling. If its a comparable distribution of 100 bottles worth of beverage , then it becomes 20 each for the 5 categories. Now, only incentive is for bottles ones.. 100% success gives 20 bottles returned, but for the non incentive one, as per 50 percent success assumed it becomes 50 bottles and hence more successful overall.

So, comprehensive distribution defeats incentive when its comparable distribution..

So it should be D .

I was stuck between C and D and eliminated D on following grounds.

D introduced 'numbers' and this is the red flag. The argument never spoke about number of bottles. But yes, it DID speak about 'willingness' of people- 'five-cent redemption programs provide a strong incentive to return the used containers to recycling facilities'. So, numbers looses points against willingness.

Further, talking about 'number of bottles' as in D, this info can go either way, its not sufficient to conclude anything:-

Case 1:
In state X:
Total purchased= 100
Total recycled= 75

In state O (Other):
Total purchased= 100 (comparable to X)
Total recycled= 90
Hence O is (or rather seems to be) more successful

Case 2:
In state X:
Total purchased= 100
Total recycled= 20

In state O:
Total purchased= 10 (way less than X)
Total recycled= 10
Hence O is still successful(or is it?)

The point is, we dont know what does 'more success' mean in terms of number. It can be percent/proportion/number of bottles recycled. And therefore, like in a DS question, providing 'number of bottles' is insufficient to conclude anything.

Hope the explanation makes sense.

No wonder why CR questions involving numbers are tricky
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Advocates argue that five-cent bottle deposits charged on beverage containers are necessary for environmental protection because they help to ensure that plastic and glass bottles as well as aluminium cans are recycled. This is, the advocates say, because the five-cent redemption programs provide a strong incentive to return the used containers to recycling facilities. However, a recent study found that states without a bottle deposit had more success in implementing comprehensive recycling programs, which include paper, plastics, and steel, in addition to the beverage containers, than did states with a bottle deposit law.

The answer to which of the following questions would be most useful in analyzing the significance of the study referenced above?

A) Did any of the states surveyed lose revenue on the bottle deposit program?
B) Do the citizens of the states that were studied prefer five-cent redemption programs on beverage containers?
C) When the five-cent deposit programs were implemented, were the citizens of the states that began programs as enthusiastic about recycling as the citizens of the other states?
D) Did citizens of the states with and without bottle deposit programs purchase comparable numbers of beverages in plastic, glass and aluminum containers?
E) Where the bottle deposit and comprehensive recycling programs given equal funding?

MY PRETHINKING WAS: A statement that shows that another factor was responsible for the success other than the the five-percent programme.
Something else must have played into the non-programme states in their recycling success.
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Advocates argue that five-cent bottle deposits charged on beverage containers are necessary for environmental protection because they help to ensure that plastic and glass bottles as well as aluminium cans are recycled. This is, the advocates say, because the five-cent redemption programs provide a strong incentive to return the used containers to recycling facilities. However, a recent study found that states without a bottle deposit had more success in implementing comprehensive recycling programs, which include paper, plastics, and steel, in addition to the beverage containers, than did states with a bottle deposit law.

The answer to which of the following questions would be most useful in analyzing the significance of the study referenced above?

A) Did any of the states surveyed lose revenue on the bottle deposit program?
B) Do the citizens of the states that were studied prefer five-cent redemption programs on beverage containers?
C) When the five-cent deposit programs were implemented, were the citizens of the states that began programs as enthusiastic about recycling as the citizens of the other states?
D) Did citizens of the states with and without bottle deposit programs purchase comparable numbers of beverages in plastic, glass and aluminum containers?
E) Where the bottle deposit and comprehensive recycling programs given equal funding?

oh wow...tough choice...I picked C, and saw the results 43% - C, 43%-D
I see why D is tempting...the greater the consumption, the higher the probability of recycled products.
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Could someone help to shed some light on why option C is a better option than D?

1. put \$ on containers - > why? -> for environmental protection -> how? -> will ensure that they are recycled
2. put \$ on containers -> gives incentive -> to recycle
3. Recent study: no \$ -> more comprehensive recycling programs (included paper also)

So we need something to prove why the study was valid.

Why is option C wrong?

As is common with study/survey questions, it is important to know whether the groups being compared are actually comparable.
e.g. say in a study, people were divided into two equal groups. One group was put on a sea food diet and the other group was put on a lean meat diet. After 6 months, the average cholesterol level of group 1 was substantially lower than that of group 2.
Now to understand the validity of this result, we need to know multiple things:
1. Was the average cholesterol of group 1 comparable with that of group 2 before the study?
2. Were the exercise, medicine etc regimes of both groups the same?
etc

Let's get on with our original question now: a recent study found that states without a bottle deposit had more success in implementing comprehensive recycling programs, which include paper, plastics, and steel, in addition to the beverage containers, than did states with a bottle deposit law.
So the study says that states without a bottle deposit have more successful comprehensive recycling programs. What we need to understand is whether the two study groups (states with bottle deposit and states without bottle deposit) are comparable.

What does option (C) say?
C) When the five-cent deposit programs were implemented, were the citizens of the states that began programs as enthusiastic about recycling as the citizens of the other states?
The question is whether the states with bottle deposit were on similar level of enthusiasm before implementation as states without bottle deposit. This is similar to point 1 of example above.
Was the level of recycling similar of the two groups before the bottle deposit program started? The logic of this is that what if bottle deposit program was started in states which had very low enthusiasm towards recycling? Perhaps the bottle deposit program improved enthusiasm. The level of recycling may not be the same as in those states where the enthusiasm for recycling was anyway high but still an improvement from before. Hence it is good to know whether the level of enthusiasm in the two sets was same before the program was implemented.

As for (D),
D) Did citizens of the states with and without bottle deposit programs purchase comparable numbers of beverages in plastic, glass and aluminium containers?
The measure of success of the recycling program would be a relative parameter such as percentage of recyclable material that actually gets recycled. Say 10 million tonne of recyclable material is sold in a year in the form of beverage bottles etc. The measure of success of the program could be what percentage of this 10 million tonnes comes back to be recycled. So the actual number of bottles etc is irrelevant.
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Please explain the argument and correct answer. The majority have answered D but the OA is C.

Check my solution above. I have explained why the answer is (C) and not (D)

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It should be C

If the citizens of the states that began programs were as enthusiastic about recycling as the citizens of the other states (where recycling was successful without this program) - Then the states were this bottle program was implemented would have achieved the intended recycling objective without this program - then no need of program.

If these citizens were not as enthusiastic about recycling as the citizens of the other states - then bottle program did wonders.

So if as enthusiastic - then there is no role that bottle program played
and if not as enthusiastic - then bottle program played a vital role.

So C is the Evaluation point and most useful if analyzing whether bottle program was responsible or otherwise people were already enthusiastic.
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Advocates argue that five-cent bottle deposits charged on beverage containers are necessary for environmental protection because they help to ensure that plastic and glass bottles as well as aluminium cans are recycled. This is, the advocates say, because the five-cent redemption programs provide a strong incentive to return the used containers to recycling facilities. However, a recent study found that states without a bottle deposit had more success in implementing comprehensive recycling programs, which include paper, plastics, and steel, in addition to the beverage containers, than did states with a bottle deposit law.

The answer to which of the following questions would be most useful in analyzing the significance of the study referenced above?

A) Did any of the states surveyed lose revenue on the bottle deposit program?
B) Do the citizens of the states that were studied prefer five-cent redemption programs on beverage containers?
C) When the five-cent deposit programs were implemented, were the citizens of the states that began programs as enthusiastic about recycling as the citizens of the other states?
D) Did citizens of the states with and without bottle deposit programs purchase comparable numbers of beverages in plastic, glass and aluminum containers?
E) Where the bottle deposit and comprehensive recycling programs given equal funding?

Here we are told that comprehensive recycling program was more successful than five cent redemption.
Whether citizens were enthusiastic or not about five cent deposit program does not matter about bcz ultimately it was not successful.
In d,if the basis of comparison is not just then argument will certainly fail.(variance test)
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15 Apr 2015, 11:35
'C' is the right choice because 'enthusiasm' can justify the success of program in a state where money is NOT the incentive for people.
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Advocates argue that five-cent bottle deposits charged on beverage containers are necessary for environmental protection because they help to ensure that plastic and glass bottles as well as aluminium cans are recycled. This is, the advocates say, because the five-cent redemption programs provide a strong incentive to return the used containers to recycling facilities. However, a recent study found that states without a bottle deposit had more success in implementing comprehensive recycling programs, which include paper, plastics, and steel, in addition to the beverage containers, than did states with a bottle deposit law.

The answer to which of the following questions would be most useful in analyzing the significance of the study referenced above?

A) Did any of the states surveyed lose revenue on the bottle deposit program?
B) Do the citizens of the states that were studied prefer five-cent redemption programs on beverage containers?
C) When the five-cent deposit programs were implemented, were the citizens of the states that began programs as enthusiastic about recycling as the citizens of the other states?
D) Did citizens of the states with and without bottle deposit programs purchase comparable numbers of beverages in plastic, glass and aluminum containers?
E) Where the bottle deposit and comprehensive recycling programs given equal funding?

Advocate argument : five-cent bottle deposits charged on beverage containers are necessary for environmental protection

Reason : they help to ensure that plastic and glass bottles as well as aluminium cans are recycled. This is, the advocates say, because the five-cent redemption programs provide a strong incentive to return the used containers to recycling facilities.

Author Counter argument :
However, a recent study found that states without a bottle deposit had more success in implementing comprehensive recycling programs, which include paper, plastics, and steel, in addition to the beverage containers, than did states with a bottle deposit law.

Counter argument of author based on the assumption that both the states have similar conditions.

Question is evaluation based. We need to evaluate the argument by which yes/no will counter/support either author or advocate statement.

A. out of scope revenue is not part of argument
B. Preference is not the parameter , we need to evaluate whether the law is necessary or not
C. Correct
D. Number of recycle again not the parameter of evaluation. Yes/ No to the argument will not effect either author or Advocate argument
E. Funding again is Out of scope
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