We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This occurs, sometimes. I know here, it all goes to the same place.
The point of having it separated, of course, is to "save effort" at the plant - right? It's a cost reduction, supposedly.
Fact is, and studies have shown this, many places still dump it all in the same place. And in places that don't, the extra money you pay for recycling is to subsidise the increased cost to consumers for using recycled product. So it costs YOU and it costs THEM.
It's a scam, always has been. The greens hate to discuss this.
I consider myself VERY green. I've hiked and camped around the US, and follow the "leave it cleaner than you found it" rule. I planted trees frequently as a scout, not because it absorbs carbon, but because trees are good to have.
I find the green philosophy appealing. I find their tactics and "facts" horrendous. They are lazy people in terms of their thinking, and are atrocious in their behavior towards those who disagree with them....even when the facts don't support their claims.
The best case I ever heard FOR recycling had nothing to do with recycling per se, as the naturalist acknowledged that recycling has little to do with recovering material. What she said was recycling saves landfill space. Yes it costs more to recycle, but all that recycled material that is reused is NOT being buried/stored in a landfill somewhere. And for a very large metropolitan area (such as Dallas or Houston), landfill space is becoming scarce. A made up statistical guess on my part says that in the next 20 years or so Dallas area communities are going to be buried in waste disposal costs. After all, we can't store it on all that empty west Texas land.... it might impact some non existent desert tortoise or horned lizard.