Mark Perry for Earth Day linked to the classic 1996 New York Times Magazine article “Recycling is Garbage” by New York Times columnist John Tierney. He wrote about those millions who suffer from “garbage guilt,” as Tierney describes the religious components of recycling.
Tierney’s argument was that recycling may be the most wasteful activity in modern America:
Rinsing out tuna cans and tying up newspapers may make you feel virtuous, but it’s a waste of time and money, a waste of human and natural resources.
You can understand why Tierney’s article set the record for the greatest amount of hate mail in New York Times history.