John Stossel: Plastic recycling is a dirty lie

For decades, Americans have been told that they must recycle to save the planet. It turns out some things, like cardboard and aluminum cans, are worth recycling, but the vast majority of materials are not worth recycling, including plastics.

This information is shocking to most people because they want to believe that recycling plastic is good for the planet. Even my wife rolls her eyes when I tell her it is better to throw plastic in the trash than recycle it. Most of the time, the plastic ends up in the recycling, even though research suggests it is a waste of energy and money.

John Stossel’s video does an excellent job of explaining the shortcomings of plastic recycling compared to alternative methods of disposal.