An often touted solution to the problem of too much garbage is charging a tax on each garbage bag picked up by local garbage services. However, according to Levitt and Dubner, authors of the book SuperFreakonomics, this hasn’t worked out very well in some amusing ways.
In addition to creating an incentive to create less garbage, it gives people other incentives:
1. Stuff bags fuller. This has become known as the “Seattle Stomp”.
2. Dump garbage in the woods. This was done in Charlottesville, Virginia.