Have we all BIN conned? Recycling's the new state religion but once again it's been exposed as a sham
Mr Jones suggests that 'the global warming impact of putting material through an incinerator five miles down the road is actually less than recycling it 3,000 miles away'. In other words, fewer greenhouse gases are produced if you burn rubbish locally than if you sort it and send it halfway round the world.
It also transpires that, as a result of the collapse in the market value of recyclable waste owing to the global recession, many waste disposal firms are having to stockpile paper, metals and plastics in vast warehouses because they are unable to sell them on.
In my previous domicile, we had those recycling bins for cans, glass, paper, glossy paper, plastic, and the bin for whatever did not go into the others.
Then one day I happened to see the trash removal service come by, and they simply dumped all the bin contents into the trash truck, mixing it all back up.
I stopped the truck driver and inquired what was going on, and he reported that the recycling center set up (at public expense) to handle all this sorted detritus had gone bust, because it costs more to recycle some materials than to manufacture from scratch. But the law requiring trash to be separated had never been repealed, so we mere taxpayers wasted hours of time putting cans and bottles into the correct slots, only to have the trash company mix it all back together and dump it in a landfill.