A while ago, I watched an episode of P&T’s BS about recycling. It was one of their first episodes and it stuck with me. I did my own research, found that although they do go for entertainment, this was well researched. Their conclusion was that except for aluminum, we don’t need to recycle.
I wondered if Cecil had been asked and he has: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2346/is-recycling-worth-it
Even though Cecil says that we should recycle, as the process helps raise awareness and potential ideas in other areas, I remain unconvinced by his words. Or, perhaps I should say that as an individual, there seems to be little that I can recycle myself that’s actually worth recycling. Only aluminum cans seem to be worth it and currently that’s what I recycle.
I also remained unconvinced by Cecil because in today’s society, when we add something, it sticks around forever and is tough to get rid of it. Therefore, I think it’s better not to start it than to start something that will perpetuate itself long after the need for it is gone. Again, though, maybe that’s more rare than I think it is.
Here are my questions on this subject but certainly welcome any comments! Am I able to do more recycling and I don’t see it? Do others recycle? Are you strict about it? Or only when it is easy to do?