Comment: In general terms,

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In general terms,

if more resources are used to recycle than are saved, then it damages rather than benefits us.

Simply let the market deal with it. If it is profitable in money terms, it is also beneficial to the planet and we are better off for having recycled. If government undertakes it at a loss, or subsidizes what would otherwise be done at a loss, then more resources are used than saved, and it is damaging.

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