In 1996 John Tierney wrote in the NY Times Magazine about the failure of recycling. His update in today’s column doesn’t change much of anything but the date. Steven Hayward at Powerline discusses and links to Tierney’s article in today’s NY Times Magazine. From an economics and carbon footprint standpoint you might break even recycling about 35% of your garbage: metals, cardboard and some plastics. And that depends on the price of energy. The rest makes no economic or environmental sense and likely does more harm to the environment. Tierney ends with asking the question of how can you tout sustainability when you base it on something like recycling that is not at all sustainable. Worth a read.