On Saturday evening, I watched the Penn and Teller “Bullshit!” episode on recycling in preparation for Sunday’s webcast. It contained some good information, albeit probably not enough. Mostly, however, I was amazed at the lengths to which their two victims went in order to order to recycle using their slew of made-up bins. It was a remarkable demonstration of the power of morality.
For a more in-depth analysis of the economics of recycling, see the paper referenced in their show, Eight Great Myths of Recycling (PDF) — or better yet, the updated version Recycling Myths Revisited (PDF).