You Should Know

August 2011 Issue

Exploring the Cost of Recycling

The mantra, “reduce, reuse, recycle” has gained momentum since the 1970s recycling movement, yet many Americans don’t know what happens to their plastic bottle once it hits the blue bin. It may seem safe to assume recycling is always the best choice, yet a glimpse of that plastic bottle along its recycling journey calls attention to the decades-long debate over the actual environmental and financial cost of recycling.

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