The Utter Waste of Recycling By Alan Caruba
People are recycling less. In my home State of New Jersey the recycling rate for household garbage dropped for the fifth straight year in 2002, hitting 34 percent according to the most recent statistics available. Nationwide, it’s the same. The national average dropped to 27 percent in 2002, the most recent year for such data.
According to BioCycle Magazine and Columbia University’s Earth Engineering Center, that is the lowest it has been since 1995.
The justification for recycling is that it permits the reuse of things like paper, glass, aluminum and plastic. What you’re not told is that it takes as much or more energy to recycle these things and can be more costly than to just do with them what mankind has done with garbage since it began building up in the caves. (Cont)