• Why bother taking the time to separate stuff from the regular trash if it’s not going to actually be recycled?
  • I heard nobody wants to buy any of the newsprint or plastic because it costs more to reprocess it than it does to start from scratch. Is this stuff just collecting at the dump?

These are reader comments from a recent Winnipeg recycling news story.

Some people say that it all goes to the landfill anyway. Others worry that some of our recycling ends up being shipped to places like China or Africa. Anti-recycling, free-market fundamentalists like Property and Environment Research Center have muddied the water even further with their claims that recycling is bad for the environment and if we “ever run out of sand and oil byproducts we can mine the landfills and recycle them all at once”.

Tell us what you think and we will include your responses when we bust the myth that recycling is not worth the bother.

Also, see what other green myths we have taken on!