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Special Series Spotlight: Bullshit, Recycling

by Flyovercountry ( 2 Comments › )
Filed under Headlines at March 27th, 2013 - 10:01 am

This will be the last in the Bullshit series that I post up here. All of this great Penn and Teller Series is available somewhere on youtube, from several different accounts. Recycling has embedded itself into every single community in America, and it accomplishes nothing that its advocates claim. My favorite part of this episode however is that it includes the commercial where the Indian cries at the end. One by one, each of the arguments for using recycling as a means to ignore market signals that should be the basis for economic decisions, will be destroyed. Yet, I predict that by the time you next throw something away, you will give nary a thought concerning the destructive behavior known as recycling.

It costs more to recycle than not to recycle. Recycling is bad for the environment. It wastes energy, and creates the use of greater amounts of fossil fuels to be burned. It increases the carbon foot print of the average American, some times up to an increase of 100%. What’s even worst than that however, is that the entire recycling industry is based upon an egregious lie, told by a bureaucrat who made himself rich off of the entire process. Remember the name, J. Winston Porter, as he is the face to the pain that is recycling.

The scene with Californians taking a test by sorting trash into about a dozen different colored 1 yard dumpsters is priceless.

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  1. 1 | March 28, 2013 6:42 am

    Penn Gillette is oft annoying (like when he goes into his “militant atheist” mode) but always thought provoking. Though not a person who’s obsessed with “saving the environment”, I’ve always thought recycling to be a worthy endeavor. Locally, we have our recycling bins which used to be picked up by a special truck with sections for the various materials. Sometimes, certain materials were “rejected”, which lent a certain level of legitimacy to the process. Without fanfare, the special trucks were gone, and the recycling bins, while being picked up separately, were being thrown into the back of a garbage truck WITHOUT sorting. That’s when I started to get a whiff of the “BULLSHIT!”. Sorting at the curb seemed to make sense, sorting en masse at the processing facility didn’t.

    Several years ago, the city followed the national trend and issued everyone large, uniform, trash bins with wheels so as to facilitate emptying the bins via a special truck with less manpower. Good move, it saves the city money through efficiency thus making the “no charge” issuance of the trash bins cost effective. The recycle bins, however, are no more than small, square, hand-carried “baskets”. Noting the discrepancy, the now wants to SELL US large, recycle bins similar to the regular trash bins FOR $50! If the city was actually saving money with recycling, and if it’s really that “important”, WHY CHARGE FOR THE BINS?

    Clearly, cities are getting Federal subsidies (taxes taken from US) which makes the bottom line look favorable to the cities and Federal mandates dictate that cities MUST RECYCLE whether it makes fiscal (or environmental) sense or not.…WHICH IT DOESNT.

    As for me, I’ll continue to recycle my aluminum but I’m going to put the rest of this “Bullshit!” on hold until it’s definitively PROVEN that washing my trash makes me a good citizen and not a gullible stooge.

    Thanks for posting!


  2. 2 | March 28, 2013 9:12 am

    Recycling makes economic sense for certain high-value items, such as ink and toner cartridges. That’s why some stores that sell those items issue you credits if you turn the empties back in.


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