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 KendrickFrontiers
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Hey!

Had a question about this one. I can see why (C) is right now, but not really sure why (E) is wrong. If some communities dump plastics regardless of their level into higher-level plastic landfills when no recycler will take them. Wouldn't that also weaken the claim of consumers not buying these higher level plastics since they can get placed in higher level landfills anyway?
 Luke Haqq
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Hi KendrickFrontiers!

Happy to address why answer choice (E) is incorrect. To begin, we're given the following conclusion in the stimulus: "Consumers can make a significant long-term reduction in the amount of waste that goes unrecycled, therefore, by refusing to purchase those products packaged in plastic containers labeled with the highest code numbers." Given the question stem, we're then asked to weaken this conclusion.

If some communities dump plastics regardless of their level into higher-level plastic landfills when no recycler will take them.
I didn't see some of this language in the stimulus or answer choices, such as mention of "higher-level plastic landfills," i.e., there's no indication of separate types of landfills. I also didn't see language similar to communities dumping plastic "regardless" of something, but perhaps I missed it. Answer choice (E) states, "Communities that collect all discarded plastic containers for potential recycling later dump in landfills plastics with higher-numbered codes only when it is clear that no recycler will take them." That is, communities with comprehensive recycling programs do indeed try to recycle until the plastics cannot be recycled anymore. Instead of weakening the argument, this seems to do nothin--or perhaps is closer to strengthening it, inasmuch as it is affirming that the recycling programs work. In the end, though, even this doesn't quite address whether or not consumers can make a significant reduction in unrecycled waste by following the recommendation in the conclusion.
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 Hosseingold29
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(If you adopt the author's recommendation to purchase products packaged in containers with lower numbers,)

Bingo !
Who has said the author stated go and buy lower number plastics ?
The author has said just by not purchasing the higher numbers , we dont know anything about the alternative, thus I think this question is totally wrong! !

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