by Lee Friday The government tells us we must recycle all kinds of stuff: bottles, cans, paper, plastics etc. They say that recycling reduces the number of products made from natural resources, which means more resources are conserved and our energy costs are lower. Superficially, this seems plausible. Surely it is more wasteful to manufacture products […]
Tag Archives | recycling
by Mark Perry In 1996, New York Times science columnist John Tierney wrote an article that appeared in theNew York Times Magazine about compulsory recycling titled “Recycling is Garbage.” Tierney’s controversial argument in that article can be summarized as follows: Recycling may be the most wasteful activity in modern America. Tierney wrote, “Rinsing out tuna […]
Stossel examines the wisdom of recycling programs and the sustainability movement.
By Daniel Benjamin: People in Regina, Saskatchewan were shocked to learn their household glass wasn’t being recycled. On CBC’s Morning Edition, PERC Senior Fellow Dan Benjamin talked about the environmental costs and benefits of recycling. Given the economics of transporting and recycling materials, sometimes it make sense for glass to end up in the landfill. […]
Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! All right? Maybe — maybe not, says scholar Daniel K. Benjamin. Making an unused tissue out of a used one wastes resources and hardly benefits the environment. Melting and casting aluminum cans, though, both saves resources and benefits the environment. But you don’t need to exhort the aluminum company to save those […]
Tom Woods hosts Dr. Floy Lilley of the Mises Institute and discusses recycling. Is Recycling a Scam? | Tom Woods.