In the wonderful book Garbage Land, Elizabeth Royte takes us on a wild journey through our Byzantine solid waste collection, recycling, and disposal system. Contrary to some contrarians, recycling is still important, and it definitely saves water, energy, and resources.
Of course, we can’t just recycle; we still have to work for more sustainable policies in many areas. But recycling is a good start, and it is often a “gateway drug” to wider environmental consciousness.
Take a look at this infographic on the secret life of garbage, and find out what happens when you throw something away.