More and more evidence seems mounted against recycling.

I have to admit, I was a bit shocked to find out this discussion has been going on for years and I’ve only now heard of it. Personally, I’m not 100% convinced on how adverse it is to recycle given today’s standards as I’ve been hard-pressed to find any long-term studies anywhere. So, perhaps we are just not recycling enough or an efficient enough manner, although I doubt it. The fact remains that this issue isn’t even close to being common knowledge and that disturbs me.

Penn and Tellers Bullshit on Recycling aired in 2004. The main point I gathered is, from a purely economical standpoint, recycling is not efficient. If it were sustainable and more efficient, government wouldn’t need to be involved – the free market would take over and companies would recycle on their own because it’d be cheaper than extracting new virgin materials.

There seems to also be a lot of other well-informed individuals who agree on this issue. Though, like everything else, it all seems to come back to money. If recycle can be profitable, if we can sell and ship all our plastics to china for bigger profits, then why investigate further? The public thinks it’s good for the environment and more importantly, they feel good doing it…so what’s the problem? There is none. Oh, unless you really DO care about this planet and don’t want to be a misinformed drone. So do a little research, challenge ideas, and think for yourself.

In summation, recycling is quite the convoluted issue with decades of rhetoric. I’m sorry to say I haven’t found, nor posted any answers here. I just wanted to share what I’ve found thus far.

So, here are a few more eye-opening links, one from a site labeled, ironically,”Dean’s World” — no relation.

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

Edmund Burke

“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.”

Thomas Jefferson


Current mood: restless
Currently listening: More Betterness! by No Use for a Name


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