Recycling creates more pollution than it is supposed to alleviate

Trouble is, people are being sidetracked by impossible monsters to slay (like ‘global climate change’).

Recycling creates more pollution than it’s supposed to alleviate

Baron Ash

I lived in Germany in the early 90’s. A newspaper article at the time stated that the German govt had conducted a long, large, thorough study about the benefits of recycling, something they were world leaders in. (Bottle collection points in every neighborhood, separated garbage etc.) They came to a disturbing conclusion:

•   first, that the recycling processes created more pollution than it was supposed to alleviate;
•   second, that they would continue the same recycling protocols anyway because they make people feel better (virtue signalling high!).

A friend of mine in the 90’s gave me a presentation he was using for his business in the NYC area which featured a 30-minute documentary about Japanese incinerators which his firm was trying to sell in North America. The video was impressive with clear-cut statistics and explanations about how they can burn off 99.99% of pretty much anything, including plastics, poisons, metals, batteries, radioactive stuff etc. I think at the end of the movie they had a shot of a large incinerator facility with its smokestack emitting hardly anything visible at all, whilst underneath it and on the adjacent property was a children’s playground – because that’s how clean the whole thing is.

In any case, I agree with you completely (in response to “Who are the litterbugs?“) that the issue is disposal and the solution is incineration.

If only people would stop being sidetracked by impossible monsters to slay (like ‘global climate change’) and instead deal with what can be addressed, like no end of pollution caused by poor disposal methods. Tangentially there are big issues like agricultural pollution from pesticides and antibiotics, but really these are disposal problems too.

The solution involves clear policy-making from governments, but since most are beholden to the same large corporations who do most of the damage, unlikely to expect help from that quarter. For myself, I buy used cars and try to be a good person generally (low emotional pollution footprint!) and figure anything else is a waste of time and worry!

9 thoughts on “Recycling creates more pollution than it is supposed to alleviate”

  1. People act like climate change is something new?, quite the contrary, the planets climate has been constantly changing for billions of years because we inhabit a living world not an inert lump of metal floating in space.

  2. we in Australia was shipping our rubbish to China and other Asian countries it has all stopped we have only a small number of small recycling company’s so we are in big troubles

  3. since the 70s brainwashing I got at school re earths inability to feed or supply us with all we were using then
    and having a 30s era(depression frugality parent)
    Ive spent my life being mindful reusing recycling in house and being sparingin using everything
    and thats another reason Im really jacked off about the present cult of warmism
    theyve never gone without a bloody thing!!!
    heat cooling water supply best food health education you name it theyve had the full and unfettered run of it all.
    and they have the utter hide to tell people of my generation we done em wrong???
    ok boomer?
    yeah well
    sure.. ok doomer!
    lets see you all go without

  4. Since EU produced its Landfill Directive which brought in a land fill tax, the UK councils have made disposing of rubbish much harder. Funnily enough, we now have a surge in fly-tipping across the country.

  5. Can you post more information about the high efficiency incinerators? Are they still available? Who makes (or made) those incinerators?
    Thanks in advance.

  6. Agreed! When I was working as an environmental planner in CA back in the late 80s I was told the same thing… by people who ran the recycling system…. they said it takes a lot less work & energy for them to do the recycling themselves from trash collection than when people do it themselves.

  7. Here in Canada, it was amusing when the Philippines finally got fed up and sent our garbage back to us. The returned crap was incinerated. So why didn’t we burn it in the first place? Could have produced lots of energy.

  8. All depends what you are trying to ‘recycle’.

    I ‘recycle’ all organic waste in the garden by turning it all into mulch and compost. I do the same to every cardboard box that arrives at home, ripping it into little shreds to accompany food scraps, grass cuttings etc etc.

    What I do not see any more is ‘recycling milk bottles’. We used to leave empty glass bottles for the milkman to take away as he delivered fresh milk. Nowadays, it is all plastic in the supermarket. The plastic does not get reused and it does not break down easily either.

    If folks could equate ‘reusing’ with ‘recycling’ we might get back to materisls more fit for purpose.

  9. Reality is nothing.
    Perception is everything.

    Denny Bullock

    Sure would like to see that German study on recycling from the 90’s.

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