New Jersey Statewide Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Act
Passed in 1987, this law is meant to ensure that 25 percent of the state's solid waste gets recycled. The program raised taxes on landfills to pay for the costs, and successfully recycles millions of tons of trash a year.
Cry Wolf Quotes
Mandatory recycling creates waste and destroys wealth without solving any "problems." It is the equivalent of Soviet planning: the state first micromanages an economic activity and then builds an elaborate system of controls and subsidies to sustain it. Resources are wasted to generate recyclables, and then resources are wasted to encourage their use.
[Recycling] neither conserve[s] scarce resources nor help[s] to protect the environment.