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[Something] Andy's Argument Against Recycling

  • FromChristopher Hickman <tophu@xxxxxxx>
  • DateSun, 28 Jan 2007 13:19:38 -0500
I've been waiting for somebody to chime in about Andy's latest Wunderland Weekly News, regarding the fallacy of (paper) recycling, so I could add my thoughts. I try to be careful about posting political issues now. ;)

Since nobody else is, I'll start the discussion.

I try to buy products with recyclable packaging, and I recycle everything I can. The overall volume of my recyclables generally meets or exceeds that of my refuse from the same time period. I recycle not just because I thought it was the right thing to do, but because I pay for my trash collection by volume, and I pay for recycling whether I use it or not (through my county taxes). So if recycling paper is bad for the environment, my local government is adding insult to injury by making me pay (just in terms of tax money, as our recycling is non-sorted) for that harm. (Though I am wholly unsurprised that a government program has the exact opposite effect as its intent. That's pretty standard, really. Is prohibition making drugs less available?)


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