I refuse to recycle for various economic and environmental issues. Economical because it is actually a waste of money (in the form of government imposed subsidies) and environmental because the impact of the recycling program itself actually does more harm than good.
I don't want to get into it, but I'll leave some links of what I can find. More than anything though I refuse to recycle paper. I put my aluminum cans in the aluminum can bin at work, but that's all. I don't recycle at home and I will not put paper anywhere but in the trash.
To make it short and simple, think of paper recycling as a manufacturing process. First, a truck, often a separate truck from the garbage truch, picks up your recyclebles (don't you find it ironic that recycle has DOUBLED the amount of trash collection trucks?) It's brought to a facilities where the paper is treated with various chemicles, de-inking solutions, bleaches and other harmful substances that are both toxic to humans, and to the environment in the form of fumes and emissions.
Now lets look at paper; all of the paper used in the United States is produced from trees which are grown on tree farms specifically for the use of manufacturing paper. New forests are not being cut down (or old-growth forests as they're called) and we are not taking our paper from trees in the rain forest (yes, your third grade teacher was wrong, but that's another problem altogether). In fact, there are over three times MORE trees in the United States today than there was in 1920, and it's because for every acre of tree farm trees cut down for making paper, SEVEN acres are planted (on average). Over the years, the paper has becoming a completely renewable resource.
Now, lets say you take that stack of newspapers and printouts, and toss them into the recycling bin. They go through the recycling process (over 60% of the paper is wasted anyway) and what happens to the tree farms? Well, demand goes down for new paper. So what do they do? They have to raise the price of paper. The continuing trend of recycling paper however will ultimately lead to lost profits for the paper industry resulting in those tree farms being sold to developers who will build residential homes and commercial shopping centers, thus losing those trees forever.
So, in short, if you want to save trees... don't recycle. And that's a fact.
http://www.lockjawslair.com/archives/20 ... cling.html
But is it a way of life that makes economic and environmental sense? Recently a number of economists and policy analysts have questioned whether the benefits of recycling outweigh the ease of disposing of waste materials in landfills. Critics say that what seems at first to make a great deal of sense doesn't always stand up to a close examination. For instance, some critics argue that collection costs make recycling a bad bargain for many localities because the costs often exceed the prices that the recyclables bring on the open market. They also charge that operating additional trucks to pick up recyclables increases toxic diesel emissions, offsetting any environmental gains.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jh ... ortal.html
Paper comes from trees. Trees are good. That's hard to dispute. I like trees. Most paper, though, doesn't come from the majestic oaks and redwoods. You won't see clearcutting of virgin timber to make greeting cards. Paper is generally made from pulpwood. Pulp comes from softer wood trees like the pine. These trees grow relatively quickly. Longleaf pines grow quickly and easily enough that they are actually farmed. Land is set aside for the growing of pine trees. These trees grow, are cut down for goods, and then more are grown in their place. Trees, like so many of our resources, are renewable.
http://www.williams.edu/HistSci/curricu ... rbage.html
Throw away the green and blue bags and forget those trips to the bottle bank: recycling household waste is a load of, well, rubbish, according to leading environmentalists and waste campaigners.
In a reversal of decades-old wisdom, they argue that burning cardboard, plastics and food leftovers is better for the environment and the economy than recycling.
They dismiss the time-consuming practice - urged on householders by the Government and "green" councils - of separating rubbish for the refuse collectors as a waste of time and money.
John Tierney wrote:Rinsing out tuna cans and tying up newspapers may make you feel virtuous, but recycling could be America's most wasteful activity.
Just the tip of the iceberg really, it's all out there.