Quite excellent this.
Danny Finkelstein has a post about the way that the Tories are suggesting that incentives should be offered for recycling, rather than fines imposed for not doing so.
All well and good except, except, it\’s illustrated with a picture of two green glass bottles being recycled.
No, not get it?
There are some things that it\’s a really great idea to recycle…because you can make money by doing so. Catalytic converters from cars, their radiators, aluminium cans, all good stuff worth real cash on delivery. Then there\’s another group of things which are still a good idea to recycle even though they cost money to do so. This would be because there\’s some environmental damage external to the market prices that not recycling might cause. This is why we force you to pay for your sewage disposal rather than letting it run into the nearest river.
However, there\’s a third group, things which we really don\’t want to recycle at all. It might be because we have to spend more money than the environmental damage caused or, possibly, it could be, at the extreme, that the recycling both costs us a lot more and also damages the environment more.
And guess what? Green glass in the UK is in that very last group.
We don\’t bottle much in green glass in the UK (mostly because we have a very small wine industry) so said glass is expensively collected and then milled down to provide hardcore for roadbuilding. And WRAP (the experts on this issue) have noted that this has greater emissions than simply throwing the glass into landfill in the first place.
So, an article on recycling is illustrated by a photo of someone damaging the planet at great expense by doing that very recycling.