If 70 people recycle their waste, does that mean that the 71th person doesn't have to? The answer obviously is no, this person should recycle his/her garbage just like those other 70 people are doing.
It's certainly true that there is far more industrial waste than residential waste, but I don't think the 70:1 ratio is correct. While an exact number cannot ...
It is true that household recycling alone is not going to solve the problem of stuff.
But I personally still recycle because it increases my awareness of the resources I consume and the kinds of waste I generate. Which increases the opportunities of finding ways to reduce and reuse.
In my opinion this is one small step toward creating a culture of ...
You pay indirectly for local landfills, regardless of where other waste is made. If people paid directly for their waste, the choice between recycling and landfill would be obvious.
As an aside, I was recently at a place where they labelled their bins: "recycling", "landfill", which brings the question of options into starker relief.
I tell you why I do it:
Saves me time. I don't have the luxury of garbage pickup. I live on a farm, and I have to take my own garbage to the dump. We have three classes of garbage: Bluebag (recycables) dry matter (construction waste mostly), and kitchen (food waste.) We also compost.
We produce 2 bags of kitchen waste a month, another two bags of ...