It depends on how it was structured. Right now, my HOA dues pay for a waste management company to pick up trash twice and recycling once per week. So in effect, I am already paying a recycling fee or tax.
My city and county does not provide such services, so a recycling tax from them would not be appropriate given that I get nothing for it. Now if local government did provide a recycling service and did not charge a fee already, then a tax might make more sense. But if not, then I would question how the revenue collected from such a tax would actually go towards recycling programs.
Another approach might be to add a recycling tax to recyclable products on top of local sales tax. This tax could be considered a recycling or waste tax, split between supporting recycling efforts funded by the local government (or operating subsidies offered to private companies licensed to operate in said municipality) and trash collection and landfill companies.
A well organized government might even use a stick and carrot approach, which could include a consumption tax that could be offset by a recycling credit, where if you subscribe to a government or privately operated recycling service, you would get a tax credit that would return back some of point-of-sale tax. This would not only collect funds to support recycling and trash management efforts but also incentivize recycling behavior.
Who notes this doesn’t have to be limited to recycling but could also cover paper, cardboard and glass…
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