Trash Talk


Reader David McElroy passes along this story about the cost of recycling in Florida. Seems that last year Orange County made around $56,000 selling recyclables—and spent about $3 million collecting them. And it isn't the only local government losing money that way.

This underlines a point we've made in Reason a few times before: that recycling may be a remedy for waste, but it can be pretty wasteful itself when it's divorced from market signals.