Friday, January 30, 2009

Does Recycling Fuel Global Warming?

From The Telegraph: Recycling 'could be adding to global warming'
Peter Jones suggested that an "urgent" review of Labour's policy on recycling was needed to make sure the collection, transportation and processing of recyclable material was not causing a net increase in greenhouse gases.

Mr Jones, a former director of the waste firm Biffa and now an adviser to environment ministers and the London Mayor, Boris Johnson, also dismissed kerbside recycling collections in many areas as "stupid" because they mixed together different materials, rendering them useless for recycling.

He suggested that much of the country's waste should simply be burnt to generate electricity.

"It might be that the global warming impact of putting material through an incinerator five miles down the road is actually less than recycling it 3,000 miles away," he said.

Like the failed acid rain solution, I can't help but be amused at the bitter irony of these good-hearted citizens, spurred to action by environmental alarmists, try to do their part to save the world for future generations, and are then told they're only making things even worse.

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