Everything we do has an effect. Recycling was more about pandering to the need of enviros to DO SOMETHING, but it never made much sense. Land fills are not that big a problem and take up very little room. Recycling is inefficient and in practice creates it’s own energy demands.
Cost of recycling makes trash handling much more expensive than the enviros will admit.
Bad idea, always was. Recycling that was economically justified was limited, otherwise land fills are the way to go–and move on.
The High Holy Church of Mighty Green Ideology keeps coming up with bad ideas that, in fact have negative enviro impacts while satisfying their deep need to feel good about themselves.
All those special bins and sorting. Nonsense, and not even good energy and enviro policy. Cost per ton of trash is doubled, tripled in recycling systems.