Is Recycling worth it?

If I return plastic PET bottles, I get paid for every recyclable bottle that I take to a recycle station. I am only get reimburse for the money I was charged for each bottle when i purchased it. When I recycle metal, newspapers, glass, Light-bulbs, Batteries…. I receive no payment. I know in the states you can get money in some places for recycling paper. We do not have that system in Sweden. I think we should get money. The companies should have to pay us for our recyclable waste. There is big money in recycling. No one talks about how much the companies pay the municipalities for the recyclable trash? Are they getting if for free? I want to know if  there is toxic waste material from while making recycled products. If so how it the waste being disposed of? Is it environmentally sound to recycle all products. Shouldn’t we ban non biodegradable and un-recyclable products?

http://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/environmental-policy/is-recycling-worth-it-zm0z15fmzsor.aspx?PageId=1

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Posted on August 2, 2016, in Enviroment. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Here in Ireland they are now charging us for the special recycling plastic bags .. which of course can’t be recycled! Madness! Win,win, all round for the recycling companies.

    • That is where talking to one another and refusing to buy those bags and writing to the companies complaining about their poor choices. I found talking to local stores sometimes help. I find writing to the company is necessary.
      Honey

      • I agree – we have been working as a community to try to overcome it. By taking our recycling stuff straight to the centre it costs us nothing, so we do it collectively involving the elderly who can’t drive there. Since austerity measures were imposed on Ireland it seems everyone has to pay for careless Bankers.

      • It sounds like you live in a great community. I do not believe it was careless banking. Just look at Donald Trump’s business practices, going bankrupt was profitable for him.
        Honey

  2. You have a point – we bought the paper, plastic etc. If someone wants to make a profit on our belongings, it seems reasonable that they buy the stuff off us.

    Less packaging is definitely the way forward.

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