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

Recycling itself can cause environmental harm...As a result, the environmental costs of recycling may exceed any possible environmental benefits.

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Lynn Scarlett, Reason Foundation and The National Center for Policy Analysis.
09/01/1991 | Full Details | Law(s): General: Recycling

Journalists...did a remarkable job of creating the garbage crisis...Mandatory recycling programs aren't good for posterity. They offer mainly short-term benefits to a few groups -- politicians, public relations consultants, environmental organizations, waste-handling corporations -- while diverting money from genuine social and environmental problems.

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

It is impossible to reach a mandated recycling level unless you take all the people in New York City, put them in prison, and force them to recycle.…I think the law is absurd.

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Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (R). From the New York Times, “Giuliani Attacks Recycling Goals as a Suit is Filed”.
07/03/1996 | Full Details | Law(s): General: Recycling

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

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Cato Institute