A recent story in the news made me reflect on the question, is recycling worth the effort? First, worth in this case has two meanings. One is economic, the other is the value to the environment. I am more concerned with the second of these than the first.
So, what could give reason to pause and reflect? Apparently, in some places recycling has become so popular that the items collected for recycling have exceeded the demand, and the result is large piles of material that is not being used as intended. Even so, there is a value to the landfill issue. Landfills are becoming overfilled. But the new piles are themselves akin to landfills.
Thinking deeper should have us arrive at the conclusion it is not time to abandon the idea of recycling. This is especially true of resources that cannot be renewed.
Another reason to continue recycling is there is no indication the problem of too much recycling is global. It may be localized, and probably is. Continue reading to find the details we need to know, but we may never be able to ascertain.