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Unformatted text preview: Benefits of Recycling Are Not Mythical http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html? res=990CE1DF1339F933A05755C0A960958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=7 E-MAIL Print Reprints Save Share o Linkedin o Digg o Facebook o Mixx o Yahoo! Buzz o Permalink Published: January 28, 1995 To the Editor: Robert M. Lilienfeld and William L. Rathje offer a holy grail with no road map ("Six Enviro-Myths," Op-Ed, Jan. 21). Exhorting us to "use less," they suggest that recycling is "one of the least important things we can do" for the environment. To the 6,500 communities with curbside recycling programs, recycling is one of the most important things their citizens do. Not only does recycling reduce the use of landfills, but it also reduces the use of finite natural resources. The glass container industry, for example, recycles about 35 percent of the bottles and jars it sells in this country. And unlike other packaging materials, glass containers are made from plentiful, domestic raw materials. Glass recycling reduces energy use at our plants. Mr. Lilienfeld and Mr. Rathje criticize glass containers in an elaborate formulation, "carrying capacity," which compares the package's weight to the weight of the fluid. No landfill has ever filled up by weight. We agree, in principle, that we should all "use less stuff." The glass container industry is prepared to manufacture reusable bottles when a market develops for them. The proponents of reuse -- and other advocates for plastic packaging -- fail to mention the significant environmental impact of hydrocarbon-based packaging, which is usually from...
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This note was uploaded on 10/13/2011 for the course SPEECH 18.5 taught by Professor Flickstein during the Fall '08 term at CUNY Brooklyn.
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