Opinions and analyses on recycling abound, from “it reduces our resource use and conserves landfill capacity” to “processing recycling uses more energy than not, and is therefore wasteful and inefficient”. Of course there’s some truth in these opposing views, and a case-by-case analysis is usually necessary to determine, on balance, the net effect of recycling.
Here’s a nice little Popular Science article that discusses five of these “recycling myths”. It provides a concise summary of some of the energy and economics aspects of recycling.
Thanks to Glenn Reynolds for the link, I think … it’s been a long week!