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May 18, 2006

Recycling, Waste of Time and Money

Just to add to my recent claim that recycling is a waste of time and money:

Franklin Associates, which provides consulting services for solid waste management, estimates that curbside recycling is 55 percent more expensive, pound for pound, than conventional garbage disposal.

OK, that’s the US, maybe landfill prices are different or something. But my basic contention that the time spent sorting adds costs:

Seattle Public Utilities researchers (in collaboration with University of California, Davis) conducted a survey in 2005 that indicated 98 percent of Seattle households participate in the curbside recycling program, and that 16 minutes are spent recycling per household.

(That figure is per week when you run through their other calculations.)

OK. We know that domestic waste disposal costs us 1.6 billion pounds a year because the Prime Minister has told us so. 24 million odd households, the time spent by people recycling has to be valued. Take 5 quid an hour, somewhere around the minimum wage maybe? 16 minutes? Call it 15 as I did?

1.56 billion quid spent preparing stuff to be recycled.

Nope, sorry, recycling, waste of time, money and effort.

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I have always known that recycling is a control-freak issue and bugger all about the enviroment. Its a way for the left to make consumers (who they hate) do what they want via guilt and force backed by the state.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge | May 18, 2006 11:58:42 AM

The same report found that 85% of those surveyed were in favour of the recycling policy, which suggests they put a value of more than $1.6bn on it!

Posted by: Matthew | May 18, 2006 1:07:40 PM

Landfill prices in the US costing more? I dunno. They've got more space so land should be cheaper. But trucking the waste way out of the cities probably costs more. They also have loads of environmental regulations which would add to the cost.

My guess is the costs balance out, but I could be wrong.


Posted by: The Remittance Man | May 18, 2006 6:11:44 PM

Recycling is a waste of time and money - NOT ALWAYS!
Photo fact:

Posted by: elena | Jun 27, 2006 1:00:44 AM

Photo fact

Posted by: elena | Jun 27, 2006 1:04:14 AM

I am shattered over this recycling debacle! What am I going to do with all this time freed up from my old garbage sorting routine? Just going to chuck everything in the one bin, any which way? And what about my extra bins marked PLASTICS, GLASS, CANS? At least, I still have the compost.

Posted by: Carol | Jan 21, 2007 1:53:07 AM