I got bored and looked up things on recycling, and came across a Penn and Teller video. They cleared a couple of points:
- They claimed that recycling is actually more costly than just throwing it away, since you have to use manpower to sort and get the materials down to a reusable state rather than just dumping it in a landfill.
- They also claimed that the idea that we're running out of landfill space was bullshit, and was made up by the guy who started the recycling movement in the first place. They then went on to say that you only need a 35x35 miČ dump about 200ft. high to meet the requirements for about 1000 years of waste. A video was also shown claiming they could take methane from dumps and convert it into a power source, while keeping the all garbage buried underground by the end of the day.
- Lastly they claimed that most of the trees used to make paper are being grown on tree farms, and obviously trees are a renewable source. Penn mentioned that tree population has actually increased since 1980 rather than the assumed decrease.
So, which side do you stand on? Do you think recycling programs waste money and time? Will you continue to recycle after hearing this argument?
[sub]Also note I didn't hop on the anti-recycling bandwagon after watching the video, I'm just wondering what you guys think of it.[/sub]