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

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

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

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Cato Institute

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