Recycling

Recycling

Recycling is an attempt to ease the rate at which we waste our limited natural resources.  Many cities now have curbside recycling programs to reduce the number of landfills.  Many states and cities now have mandatory recycling laws that require return -use or payment of container deposits on beverages. But the United States has no mandatory federal recycling law.

Cry Wolf Quotes

A 5 cent bottle deposit program typically spends $500 for every ton of cans and bottles collected, which makes curbside recycling look like a bargain. States without mandatory deposits...have proven that the most efficient way to reduce litter is to hire cleanup crews.

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John Tierney. The New York Times Magazine.
06/30/1996 | Full Details | Law(s): General: Recycling

Recycling has become the most primitive form of materialism: the worship of materials.

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John Tierney. The New York Times Magazine.
06/30/1996 | Full Details | Law(s): General: Recycling

Mandatory recycling creates waste and destroys wealth without solving any "problems." It is the equivalent of Soviet planning: the state first micromanages an economic activity and then builds an elaborate system of controls and subsidies to sustain it. Resources are wasted to generate recyclables, and then resources are wasted to encourage their use.

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Cato Institute

[Recycling] neither conserve[s] scarce resources nor help[s] to protect the environment.

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Cato Institute