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.
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.
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.
Since 1997, more than 40 million acres of forests across the West have been devastated by pine beetle.
More than 30 years after the homeless garbage barge Mobro 4000 put recycling on the front pages, recycling remains a poster child for many who consider themselves environmentalists.