Talk about the wrong place to slip up. Apparently, while back stage at Live Earth London, Jack Osbourne let slip that his family does not recycle. From the article,
“He made the untimely comment while in conversation with host Jonathan Ross at the eco-campaigning event. He declared: “We may get stoned for this, but we don’t actually recycle. I read somewhere it isn’t beneficial.” Staring at a shocked looking Ross, the star quickly added: “I bought a hybrid car though, so I think it makes up for it.”
Whoops! Brilliant admission on the part of Jack — but is it all that surprising? There are actually a large number of people (my Uncle included) who are flat against recycling; believing that the practice actually wastes energy and is not good for the environment. Those who follow this belief say that the of the 3Rs — reduce, reuse, recycle — the last one should be used as a method of last resort. Here’s a snippet from an interesting article on the subject,
“Recycling is a last resort for responsible consumerism. A better thing you can do is eliminate your contribution to the solid waste stream by reducing wasteful excesses and by reusing durable alternatives.”
The above is true, but to avoid recycling altogether seems like a very foolish and ill-advised practice. Why not divert as much trash as we can? Not to mention that almost 30% of our waste is organic and can be reused almost immediately for plants and other projects. What are your thoughts on the subject? Do you know people that do not recycle based on the above?