The Question Reads: Milhouse93 – How much does recycling actually save us, in terms of cost? I am not questioning the efficacy of the process, but is anything lost during it?
Summary: Environmentally there is no debate that it is worth it, even when including energy costs like pickup and sorting. Aluminum, for example, requires 96 percent less energy to make from recycled cans than it does to process from bauxite. At the other end of the spectrum, recycled glass uses only about 21 percent less energy–but it still comes out ahead, according to a study by Washington-based environmental consultant Jeffrey Morris. Recycled plastic bottles use 76 percent less energy and newsprint about 45 percent less, he found.