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Is Recycling Really Worth The Effort?


I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a fan of recycling. It’s time consuming, and yes, I don’t like having to wash my garbage, because if I didn’t, I’d have smelly bottles and cans sitting in my home. So, when I saw this article, I was very curious. Turns out that recycling isn’t all it’s hyped up to be. From the article:

While politicians set higher and higher goals, the national rate of recycling has stagnated in recent years. Yes, it’s popular in affluent neighborhoods like Park Slope in Brooklyn and in cities like San Francisco, but residents of the Bronx and Houston don’t have the same fervor for sorting garbage in their spare time.

The future for recycling looks even worse. As cities move beyond recycling paper and metals, and into glass, food scraps and assorted plastics, the costs rise sharply while the environmental benefits decline and sometimes vanish. “If you believe recycling is good for the planet and that we need to do more of it, then there’s a crisis to confront,” says David P. Steiner, the chief executive officer of Waste Management, the largest recycler of household trash in the United States. “Trying to turn garbage into gold costs a lot more than expected. We need to ask ourselves: What is the goal here?”

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/425796/if-youre-recycling-youre-wasting-your-time-david-french

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