October 31, 2022

Greenpeace Admits Recycling is Useless

Timothy Birdnow

I've believed for years that recycling was just a scam a kind of sacrament to get people invested in environmentalism. I have always argued most of the time the trash companies just toss the recycled items in with the rest of the trash. I've met with a lot of resistance, including from some good conservatives. But am I wrong?

Looks like I'm not.

Even Greenpeace has finally acknowledged the truth: recycling plastic makes no sense.

This has been obvious for decades to anyone who crunched the numbers, but the fantasy of recycling plastic proved irresistible to generations of environmentalists and politicians. They preached it to children, mandated it for adults, and bludgeoned municipalities and virtue-signaling corporations into wasting vast sums—probably hundreds of billions of dollars worldwide—on an enterprise that has been harmful to the environment as well as to humanity.

If there was a market for recycling the trash companies themselves would sort the garbage. They don't because there is no value in doing so.

The best way to "recycle" plastic is to burn it to generate electricity. Yes, burned in large quantities plastics put out dioxins (something now known to be less harmful than we originally thoguht when the EPA shut down the town of Times Beach) but it is still not healthy. But we could burn them in sealed environments and catch the dangerous toxins with scrubbers.

At any rate, it would be actually doing something with it. Now we just bury the waste.

At any rate, it's clear that separating your trash is an exercise in futility.

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Posted by: Lucie at November 01, 2022 07:43 AM (DgvT/)

3 Rats! And I just got my HOA representative to get me a larger recycling container, because the one that's been here ever since I moved in a year and a half ago was minimum-size, and not large enough for booze cartons, etc. Just got a larger one today. Frankly, I don't care what they do with the stuff as long as I can neatly get it out of my garage every week.

Posted by: Dana Mathewson at November 01, 2022 03:35 PM (zjwe/)

4 In the end that's the whole point of waste removal, isn't it Dana.

It would be nice if they would recycle it, but I have always suspected they don't. No way to make it pay.

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