Is Recycling an Environmentally and Economically Sound Waste Management Strategy?
recycling cartoon

Is recycling a good thing?  Surprisingly, it is being criticized by both anti-environmentalists and some environmentalists, as uneconomic, lulling us into a false sense of security, and distracting us from the real work of reducing how much waste we produce in the first place.  This is a topic where it is particularly important to answer in detail the views of the side you do not agree with.

Overview of the recycling issue:

Economic concerns about recycling:

"The Economic Realities of Recycling"

Recycling Economics:

New York City recycling:

Environmental concerns about recycling:
with many good links

Against recycling:

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