To Recycle or Not
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 5 June 2011, Question 3
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 5 June 2011, I answered a question on to recycle or not.
Should I recycle? When I don't have to go out of my way to recycle – if both bins are right in front of me, say – should I? And what if I am sharing an apartment with someone who will fish recyclables out of the trash and put them in the recycling bin? Are there cases where one should just recycle in order to avoid confrontations at home or work?
My Answer, In Brief: The fervor to recycle raw materials from consumer goods is based on a series of myths about its costs and benefits, but when faced with requests or mandates to recycle, a person ought to do what's most convenient, without infringing on the rights of others.
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