Why should one never recycle?
Think about it. Where are most of the recycled products you purchase produced? China. Then, consider the path paper, glass, and plastic you recycle in the U.S. must travel before you purchase it again as a finished product.
From New York to Beijing is approximate 6,900 miles one way. In China, materials must be sent to factories to be reduced into workable materials. At a minimum, this is another few hundred miles, China is huge. Once these materials are reduced to workable forms, they are reshipped again to factories that can re-manufacture them into finished goods. This could be only a few miles of course, but that is never the case. More likely another few hundred miles.
Yet let's say for argument sake the distance traveled in China and the amount of fuel used to reduce an item and re-manufacture it into a finished good is minimal (I assure you this is NEVER the case). That still results in at least 7,000 miles of travel, burning fossil fuels every step of the way, only for what? To take trip AGAIN all the way back to our country.
Now the finished product has traveled a minimum of 14,000 miles to the shore of the United States. From there, it must be shipped to the distribution centers of those retailers who intended to sell it, then eventually to the stores. Adding even more miles, more burned fuel, and more pollutants into our atmosphere.
Ever wonder why recycled goods cost so much? Did you think you were being robbed? You are not. The cost element of recycled goods is huge due to the process outlined above. And the worst part is most people do NOT buy them. Why? As every consumer knows, the cost of a non-recycled good is about 60% less than those that are recycled. On top of it, the tons of pollutants produced from the travel across the world is far more harmful to the environment than what is produced by the item itself.
So one is in fact damaging the environment MORE by using recycled goods than if the materials were produced from virgin resources (materials not formerly produced from used goods).
If recycling is bad for the environment and is resource intensive, mostly of those resources we are trying to use less such as oil, why is it we are forced to participate wherever we go?
One is that environmentalism, mostly practiced by well intended people but at its foundation is driven by a movement that has more in common with religion than science. This is best underscored by the recent findings surrounding the CRU (Climate Research Unit) emails and the subsequent resignations of top officials.
The second is that of politics. In order for a person to attain power, one must build influence. Influence is extremely hard to acquire through one's efforts alone, yet is it much easier to build influence by using those groups on the extreme to advocate for you. What is gained by advocating forced recycling despite the facts? Most people of good intention will think the better of you, and those on the extreme who take the lead in your advocacy. A win/win for everyone but those who consider the facts and the environment.