Well damn it, I thought we were doing well with recycling until I had a thought and did some digging and research.
So tell me this: If a plastic bottle is made in China from China’s resources and then shipped to the US and then recycled who’s environment does it aid?
Think about it. The energy/environment was spent in China to make the bottle. So from an environment here in the US, it is a zero environmental impact item, but then we want to recycle it. It takes us more energy to recycle that bottle here than it does to send it back. Sending it back to China to be reabsorbed into China’s direct environment is the better way to execute this whole recycling process.
Environmentall an mathematically speaking, we need to send the trash back to the environment from which it was created so that environment can “heal”.
As it stands now beleive it or not we are making a bigger mess by recylcing items out of their place of origin.
I also think that no matter where a factory is built, attached to it should be a recycling plant. The trash made from that factory’s output consumption can be recycled directly from that environment and put back.
All in all recycling does take less energy than to process virgin materials but getting it to its place of origin for direct benefit remains undone.
This whole things is like celery and the negative calorie. You actually spend more calories to digest celery than it contains.
But hey, what do I know…?