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Taking Out the Trash: A No-Nonsense Guide to Recycling.

Don't get me wrong--I'm for recycling. But I don't prescribe it for every resource ill that might afflict us. For this author, recycling is among the holiest of holies. "Recycling benefits everyone..," she begins.

We can do the recycling cause a favor by not lying about it. Does recycling and using recyclable products save "enormous amounts of energy"? Perhaps not if you are buying and washing ceramic cups or using paper cups instead of polystyrene (Styrofoam). According to an analysis in Science magazine, a polystyrene cup asks only one-sixth of the physical material, 1/12th the steam, and 1/36th the electricity needed to make a paper cup.

Whenever Carless doesn't have good data about the danger of a chemical or a process, she says something like "people are concerned." We should have a little more to go on, especially since people are concerned about effective budgeting, too.

Interwoven with the blind enthusiasm is an interesting catalog of who produces recyclables, what they are, how to use them, where they go, and who's in the vanguard, but if you are at all worried about the costs and benefits of recycling, you'll have to read another book. I'm looking too.
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Author:Kaufman, Wallace
Publication:American Forests
Article Type:Book Review
Date:May 1, 1993
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