Comment: While not perfectly, dollar cost equates to resource use.

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While not perfectly, dollar cost equates to resource use.

The question with recycling is whether it saves more resources than it uses or uses more resources than it saves, all things considered. While not a perfect measure, profits or losses in a recycling operation roughly measure resources gained or resources lost. If a local government decides to save the planet by operating a recycling "business" they often do so at a loss, not realizing that they are damaging the environment by using more resources than they are creating by recycling.

This is a simple reason why government should not involve itself in any recycling laws or recycling operation. You can't save the environment by cutting down ten trees to save one, a simple fact that few politicians grasp.

"Bend over and grab your ankles" should be etched in stone at the entrance to every government building and every government office.