So, after you've done all (or most, at least) of these other Rs, recycling can still be a part of our waste management solution. It can help save energy, carbon emissions, and resources, but can't be a catch-all, or looked to as a central part of the solution for a green planet -- there's simply too much inefficiency and waste as most materials are downcycled into less functional materials and eventually trucked off to the landfill.
And there's no reason to wait for a special day, like the recent America Recycles Day, to get started practicing the 7 Rs and living a zero waste life.
More on recycling
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Recycling is Bullshit; Make Nov. 15 Zero Waste Day, not America Recycles Day
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How to Go Green: Recycling
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