The Reign of Recycling is basically BS, especially recycling plastic and food.
Joyce Park stashed this in Modern problems
Recycling is basically BS, especially recycling plastic and food. "According to the E.P.A.’s estimates, virtually all the greenhouse benefits — more than 90 percent — come from just a few materials: paper, cardboard and metals like the aluminum in soda cans. [snip] Once you exclude paper products and metals, the total annual savings in the United States from recycling everything else in municipal trash — plastics, glass, food, yard trimmings, textiles, rubber, leather — is only two-tenths of 1 percent of America’s carbon footprint."
I have long advocated doing as they do in Star Trek: bury the stuff and then wait until it becomes technologically feasible to directly "recycle" the chemicals into new products and foods. Then every landfill will literally be a rich source of all necessary natural resources!
Your logic makes sense. Do we just try recycling everything else to create jobs?
Or is this about recyclers feeling good about ourselves?