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Anti-Recycling Myths

June 1, 2016
By Richard A. Denison and John F. Ruston

Responding to a well-publicized article in the New York Times Magazine("Recycling is Garbage," by John Tierney, June 30, 1996), the Environmental Defense Fund identifies and attempts to debunk what it deems ten anti-recycling myths.

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Responding to a well-publicized article in the New York Times Magazine("Recycling is Garbage," by John Tierney, June 30, 1996), the Environmental Defense Fund identifies and attempts to debunk what it deems ten anti-recycling myths. They are:

  1. The recycling movement is a product of a false crisis in landfill space.
  2. Landfills are innocuous.
  3. Landfill space is cheap and abundant.
  4. Recycling should pay for itself.
  5. There are no markets for recycled materials.
  6. Recycling doesn't "save trees."
  7. The environmental harms of manufacturing and using products are incorporated into their prices.
  8. Manufacturers are compelled by law to make costly changes in their packaging and products.
  9. Recycling is nearing its maximum potential.
  10. Recycling is a time-consuming burden on the American public.
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