Monday, June 18, 2007

WANNA STOP global warming? Then stop recycling, it only makes it worse:
[T]hinking about recycling of goods and manufacturers taking them back, it sounds good again but ...

- The goods to be recycled have to be collected and transported to the recycling point, meaning energy is used and fuel burnt.
- The goods have to be un-manufactured, meaning more energy is used.
- The recovered components have to be collected, sorted, stored and transported to wherever they are going to be re-used, meaning more energy use.

Looked at this way recycling is no way to reduce global warming. In fact, by increasing energy use, it worsens it.
(via Transterrestrial Musings)