Evaluating the authors arguments

In this viewpoint Lazarus claims that Americans' addiction to shopping is at the heart of the nation's trash crisis. Consider the last five purchases you have made. What trash was associated with these products? How much packaging did the items come in? Did you recycle any trash associated with the product? Make a list of each item and its associated garbage. Then, state whether you agree with Lazarus's assertion that consumerism contributes to a trash problem.

"The nation's entire solid waste for the next 1,000 years could be buried in a single landfill 100 yards high and 35 miles square. We are not running out of land for landfills

We Are Not Running Out of Room for Garbage

Alan Caruba

In the following viewpoint author Alan Caruba argues there is plenty of space in America to build landfills for the nation's garbage. The problem, in Caruba's opinion, is that environmentalists have falsely claimed that landfills and incinerators are unsafe. As a result, thousands of them have been closed, and it has become more difficult and costly to open new ones. But landfills are not dangerous, according to the author: They provide a cost-effective way to deal with garbage, and when they are filled can provide some of the best, safest real estate around. Caruba urges Americans not to believe the hype that recycling garbage is better than putting it in a landfill. To the contrary, he says that recycling is more expensive and wasteful in its own way. Caruba concludes that landfills and incinerators are good, safe ways to get rid of garbage, and as long as they are properly funded, they will provide plenty of space for American garbage for hundreds of years to come.

Alan Caruba, "The Utter Waste of Recycling," CNSNews.com, January 17, 2003. Reproduced by permission of the author.

Alan Caruba is a writer who critiques subjects such as environmen-talism, Islam, and global warming. He writes regularly for CNSNews. com, from which this viewpoint is taken.


  1. Who are the "Greens" and what does Caruba blame them for?
  2. According to Caruba, what types of property have landfills been converted into?
  3. According to the author, how much money can New York City save by not requiring recycling?

Twice a month I have to bundle my newspapers and take boxes with glass and plastic items down to the curb to be removed and, one assumes, recycled. This does not include the two other pickups for what is presumably just plain old garbage.

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