QUESTION TEXT: If the city starts requiring residents to…
QUESTION TYPE: Must Be True
- If the city requires sorting, many residents will put recyclables in their regular garbage.
- If residents put recyclables in their garbage, more recyclables will be buried in the landfill.
- The sanitation department can’t stay within its budget unless the city requires sorting.
ANALYSIS: It sounds like either more recyclables will end up in the landfill or the sanitation department will exceed its budget.
We have no idea what happens if the department exceeds its budget.
- We don’t know. We know many residents won’t recycle. ‘Many’ could mean almost all residents (or even all). So maybe only 10% of residents will keep recycling after the change.
- Who knows? Some residents might continue to recycle, but screw up and avoid sorting the recyclables they put out for pickup.
- We have no idea how much landfills cost. There’s no way to compare this to the cost of sorting.
- CORRECT. If the sanitation department stayed within budget, it’s because the city required sorting. Sorting would cause more recyclables to be sent to landfill.
- Not necessarily true. We know the department will definitely exceed its budget without the sorting requirement. But it might exceed its budget even with sorting. Sorting was a necessary condition for meeting the budget, not a sufficient condition.
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