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Date published: 2006/07/08

The Financial Times has a long article (subscription service), by Richard Tomkins, about recycling, on the first page of the Weekend section of this weekend's edition. It is partly in jest, with the provocative title "Is recycling utter rubbish?". The basic conclusion is that sometimes recycling (and by this the article mainly means residential recycling) does some good, but sometimes it probably does not, and even when it does some good, the amount of good is minimal relative to the overall problem. The article also points out that the chattering classes like recycling because they can continue with their vast consumption of the earth's resources while being able to pretend that they are ideal citizens, just because they recycle some of the waste. The most environmentally friendly thing to do is to consume less, in particular to be poor.

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