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One variety of partially biodegradable plastic beverage container is manufactured from small bits of plastic bound together by a degradable bonding agent such as cornstarch. Since only the bonding agent degrades, leaving the small bits of plastic, no less plastic refuse per container is produced when such containers are discarded than when comparable nonbiodegradable containers are discarded.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument above?

(A) Both partially biodegradable and nonbiodegradable plastic beverage containers can be crushed completely flat by refuse compactors.
(B) The partially biodegradable plastic beverage containers are made with more plastic than comparable nonbiodegradable ones in order to compensate for the weakening effect of the bounding agents.
(C) Many consumers are ecology-minded and prefer to buy a product sold in the partially biodegradable plastic beverage containers rather than in nonbiodegradable containers, even if the price is higher.
(D) The manufacturing process for the partially biodegradable plastic beverage containers results in less plastic waste than the manufacturing process for nonbiodegradable plastic beverage containers.
(E) Technological problems with recycling currently prevent the reuse as food or beverage containers of the plastic from either type of plastic beverage container.


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The difficulty here is that the argument stresses that there is NO INHERENT BENEFIT to this type of bottle.

Thus, STRENGTHENING is something to say that this type of bottle is BAD (B).

Weakening would be to say that it is good (D).

A) is Out of Scope because it talks about being crushed flat, not waste per bottle as in the argument.

C) is Out of Scope because it is about customer preference, not about amount of waste per bottle.

E) is Out of Scope because it is about HOW the bottle will be reused, not the amount of waste per bottle.
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OA for this is one is B. OG Guide 13. It's a strengthen, not weaken.

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This Q is present in Both OG 12 and 13. This is a strengthen question.
I am providing the solutions for those who may need it in future.
A. Crushed completely Flat -- > Does this measure qty. of plastic used in both? What if they were of different dimensions!
B. Partial containers have more plastic than non-biodegradable ones. Sounds good , let's hold on to that.
C. So what if consumers prefers something ?
D. We are not interested in the manufacturing process, we want to strengthen the end result.
E. Same as D. Why do we think of tech problems?

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Some of you may be confused on the wording here:

"no less plastic refuse per container is produced"

This is the same as "the same (or even more) plastic refuse per container is produced"

You don't need to know what "plastic refuse" is....but the idea is that when comparing the two approaches, the *same or more* amount of plastic is produced. Why?

We have a hint -- but the hint does not entirely give the explanation. THat hint his:

"Since only the bonding agent degrades, leaving the small bits of plastic..."

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Premise: Since only the bonding agent degrades, leaving the small bits of plastic
Conclusion: no less plastic refuse per container is produced when such containers are discarded than when comparable nonbiodegradable containers are discarded. --> So, we need an asnwer choice that says Plastic in Bio => Plastic in NON-Bio -> (B) gives us such Information.

B) The partially biodegradable plastic beverage containers are made with more plastic than comparable nonbiodegradable ones in order to compensate for the weakening effect of the bounding agents.
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Straight B - Gives us a reason that partially biodegradable plastic bvg. container uses more plastic.

All other options can be eliminated by POE
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By POE, option B is best.
Only this option talks about using more plastic in partially biodegradable plastic containers.

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