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09-03-2019, 02:58 PM
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The Recycling Folly

August 31, 2019 by Dan Mitchell

While itís very good to have a clean environment, many environmentalists donít understand cost-benefit analysis. As such, they make our lives less pleasant Ė inferior light bulbs, substandard toilets, inadequate washing machines, crummy dishwashers, dribbling showers, and dysfunctional gas cans Ė for little if any benefit.

We can add recycling to that list.

To be sure, all the hassle and time of sorting our garbage might be an acceptable cost if something was being achieved.

Unfortunately, as Jeff Jacoby has explained, thatís not the case. Not even close.

Letís explore the issue.

In an article for the American Institute for Economic Research, Professor Michael Munger explains that most recycling actually is a net negative for the environment.

I'm not sure a purely economic analyis is correct. However, it now costs my town, more money to have recycle bins picked up once a week as opposed to several years ago when the trash haulers paid the town


09-03-2019, 03:48 PM
Detroit did not recycle for a long time. They had an incinerator and threw all the garbage into it without sorting anything out. So batteries, plastics, etc. got burned with the paper products and the thrown out food.

There is an incredible amount of asthma in the population that lives downwind of the incinerator, which was permanently closed a couple of months ago. Recycling might not be the only answer, but it is fair when it comes to things like plastic bottles and batteries.