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    Default a city that prizes its special nature

    Hello, everyone.

    Please read the passage below.

    The plastic bags we use everywhere to carry our groceries are convenient, free and - no surprise - popular. In the USA, we use 100 billion bags a year. But unless they are properly recycled, they exist on earth for 1000 years before decaying. And they will not go quietly. The bags' petroleum-based plastic eventually breaks into tiny particles that pollute soil and waterways and enter the food chain when animals accidentally eat them. Thousands of marine animals already die each year from eating bags mistaken for food. City governments spend millions of dollars cleaning bags from streets, recycling systems and trees.

    Now, the city of San Francisco has come up with an answer. The city's committee voted last week to prohibit plastic checkout bags at supermarkets and convenience stores. The stores are encouraged to use bags made of recyclable paper, which can biodegrade in about a month, or biodegradable bags made of corn or potatoes, which have not yet been widely studied. It is a unique response well suited to a city that prizes its special nature - one that already has roadside pickup for recycling food in biodegradable bags. But as other cities weigh San Francisco's choice, they might want to consider some of the consequences.

    1. In "a city that prizes its special nature", what does 'nature' mean? I think it is #1 here, but I'm not confident.

    2. Is "roadside pickup" like this? My guess is that 'food in biodegradable bags' might be put in the blue container.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: a city that prizes its special nature

    1. To me, #3 in your link sounds more likely.

    2. Yes.

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    Default Re: a city that prizes its special nature

    1. I think it's the #3 character meaning too.

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    Default Re: a city that prizes its special nature

    Thank you.

    Then, is it correct to interpret the following statement ("- one that already has roadside pickup for recylcing food in biodegradable bags") as an example of its "special nature(=character)"?

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    Default Re: a city that prizes its special nature

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Thank you.

    Then, is it correct to interpret the following statement ("- one that already has roadside pickup for recylcing food in biodegradable bags") as an example of its "special nature(=character)"?
    Yes. The point is that they are doing a special collection of garbage just for food. This is a way that they show how much more they care about the earth than regular people.

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