HW 1 - Fall 2011 - 003 - Recycling Cans(1) (2)

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Unformatted text preview: Homework #1– Recycling Aluminum Cans Scenario – With several recent environmental disasters (e.g., BP oil spill, Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, Hurricanes Katrina & Irene, etc.), many metropolitan areas have been looking for ways to be more environmentally conscious … AND perhaps to make some money. For several years, towns/cities in Northern Virginia have been running trial programs for recycling paper, bottles, and cans. This year (2011), eleven towns plus the District of Columbia have decided to hold a competition to determine the municipality that can do the best job of recycling, with the focus on aluminum cans. It is an important program given the outdoor opportunities around the region, including the Appalachian Trail, the C&O Canal, the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake Bay, among others. To make the contest fair, the winning town/city will be the one that recycles the largest number per capita, i.e., the number of cans recycled divided by the number of residents for that town/city. Alice Coa (everyone calls her “Al) is the competition coordinator for the recycling project. Al has provided you with some data (and a rough starting point for the spreadsheet) in the file “HW 1 – Fall 2011 – 003 – Recycling...
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