Americans Already Recycle Without Being Forced

A 2007 poll found that the majority of Americans recycle aluminum, paper, plastic, and glass without being forced by the government.

Only about a fifth of the public said .-.-

they recycle nothing at all. Region

Question: "In your own home, do you separate and recycle any of the following?"

RECYCLE (NET)

Mid-

Total East West South West

Aluminum or metal cans

  • Paper"
  • Glass (bottles)

Cardboard

Batteries, motor oil, and other hazardous materials

Organic materials

Batteries, motor oil, and other hazardous materials

Organic materials

x = Percentages may not add up to exactly 100% due to rounding. * = less than 0.5%

x = Percentages may not add up to exactly 100% due to rounding. * = less than 0.5%

Taken from: Harris Roll No. 67, "One-Quarter of Americans Do Not Recycle in Their Own Home." July 11, 2007.

Long Island mob boss Salvatore Avellino, the craft was headed for a pilot program in Morehead City, North Carolina to be turned into methane. But, before the barge reached its destination, a rumor began to circulate (never verified and most likely untrue) that the load contained medical waste. At that, the permits to unload were denied, and it continued to travel south, facing military force in Mexico, before finally arriving at a Brooklyn incinerator five months later.

Thus, given the bad publicity of mob ties and a vicious rumor, the recycling craze was born. Ironically, there never was a problem with finding a Long Island landfill. The whole thing occurred because Harrelson was trying to beat the high tipping fees of the local facilities, and assure himself of a big profit.

Tierney made many other strong points in his article, including a defense of Styrofoam coffee cups and the amount of waste at fast food restaurants. But, save a quick rebuttal from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), few voices were raised in opposition to his star-tlingly contrarian piece. As it was, the EDF essay contained numerous examples of classical fallacies in logic, and must have been embarrassing to even the group's most ardent supporters.

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