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  1. “Instead, the painful reality for enthusiastic, dutiful recyclers is that most recycling programs don’t make much environmental sense. Often, they don’t make economic sense, either.”

    It doesn’t matter because the thought is in the right place. Many people have no problem paying more to recycle than to landfill. It isn’t a rational decision making process so rationality can’t combat it, with one exception.

    “For instance, the greenhouse benefits from recycling a plastic bottle are so miniscule that even just rinsing the bottle in water heated by coal-powered electricity yields a net increase in carbon emissions.”

    Cost wont change minds but showing how recycling can be worse for the environment might.

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