During the early part of the century, the rallying cry for environmentalists carried by the mainstream media was Reduce, Recycle, Reuse! After almost twenty years and millions of dollars spent, America is finally coming to the realization that recycling is garbage.
Almost ten years ago, Discover magazine vindicated what John Tierney wrote about in 1996 and what critics of recycling had been saying for many years. Approximately a year later, a Columbia University research manuscript revealed that about 17 percent of all plastic items collected by New York City sanitation workers were recyclable and its authors admitting that nearly half of the plastics collected being landfilled.
Since the Columbia University study, it has been all downhill for recycling. Last weekend, The New York Timespublished a story describing how multiple cities across the United States are dumping (pun intended) recycling programs. The Grey Lady states:
Philadelphia is now…
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