Comment 73088

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted January 16, 2012 at 15:08:41 in reply to Comment 73082

Aluminum is a very energy-intensive material. There's no doubt that it's quite valuable in any serious weight (scrounging and selling scrap metals is a major industry in this town). The difference between recycling an aluminum can and producing a fresh one is roughly the equal of filling it with gasoline meaning that you could drive 20+km in most small/medium cars just to recycle that one can and still save energy. So no, this is certainly not pointless.

We need to stop treating garbage collection like some sort of human right. It's an enormous public expense in terms of land, money and resources, the main purpose of which is to re-bury mountains of valuable resources which took far larger amounts of energy to extract. It would be hard to beat this kind of inefficiency without regularly bombing ourselves.

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