Many jurisdictions have implemented bans or taxes on plastic grocery bags on environmental grounds. PERC Lone Mountain Fellow Jonathan Klick argues, however, that reusable grocery bags contain potentially harmful bacteria, especially coliform bacteria such as E. coli.
Daniel Benjamin 07/02/2012
Professor of trash, Daniel Benjamin, discusses the economics of waste management with John Batchelor. Benjamin explains how recycling involves reusing valuable goods and that value is determine by market mechanisms, not government.
In most cases, recycling is a profligate use of natural and human resources.
Recyling household trash makes people feel warm and fuzzy, but its not good for the environment.
International donors provide funds to build recycling plants in the Ukraine, subsidizing an an inefficient and un sustainable economic activity.