When we stop to think about it, it can be amazing how much of our day is filled with obeisance to the state, one way or another. Of course “amazing” may not be the first or only word that comes to mind. That is, if we stop to think about it.
All too often, we don’t. We just go through our day, attending to the demands that never seem to end. Whether dealing with the important or the urgent, we find ourselves at the end of yet another day, another week, another season. Sometimes we are lucky just to remember to do something as regular and mundane as putting out the weekly trash.
Have you made the connection? We are so familiar with the routine, we likely don’t think much about it. Sure, if we are conscientious, we spend the extra time and hassle ensuring the right objects end up in the right cans. Otherwise, we are content to get through the chore as quickly as possible, our mind on more pressing matters.
After all, what could be less important than garbage? It depends on who you talk to. If your treatment of said garbage is less than satisfactory, you may get an unpleasant surprise from the local constabulary, otherwise known as the recycling police. Dump the wrong item in the wrong container, and you could be facing a stiff fine.As it turns out, we can't even throw out our trash without the government getting in our faces. And, typically, the results are not what are promised or what our taxes pay for. Basically, most recycling programs don't really work. Click To Tweet
Is Recycling Useful or is it Garbage?
As it turns out, we can’t even throw out our trash without the government getting in our faces. And, typically, the results are not what are promised or what our taxes purportedly pay for. Basically, most recycling programs don’t really work. In fact, it’s worse than that. Recycling can actually harm, rather than help, the environment.
Here is some commentary on that.
“I have sometimes suggested a test for whether something is garbage or a valuable commodity. Hold it in your hand, or hold a cup of it, or tank, or however you can handle it. Consider: Will someone pay me for this? If the answer is yes, it’s a commodity, a valuable resource. If the answer is no, meaning you have to pay them to take it, then it’s garbage…
“The problem with recycling is that people can’t decide which of two things is really going on.
“One possibility is that recycling transforms garbage into a commodity. If that’s true, then the price of pickup, transport, sorting, cleaning, and processing can be paid out of the proceeds, with something left over. That’s how it is with real commodities, such as wheat or pork bellies, after all…
“The other possibility, and it’s a completely different possibility, is that recycling isn’t a commodity at all…But that means that recycling may be cheaper, all things considered, than using the space in the landfill. The problem is that ‘all things considered.’ You really do have to add up all the costs — resources, money, convenience, environmental damage — of landfilling, and recycling, and then compare them.”
For more on this, be sure to check out For Most Things, Recycling Harms the Environment.