Recycling has come a long way in the past few decades, but what has it accomplished, and how can we ensure our efforts are successful in the future? Erik W. Johnson of Washington State University has reviewed a valuable read for scholars on this topic: Samantha MacBride’s “Recycling Reconsidered: The Present Failure and Future Promise of Environmental Action in the United States.” Dr. Johnson’s review appeared in the September 2012 issue of Organization & Environment:
In a remarkably objective analysis of recycling activity in America, Recycling Reconsidered critiques both the industries that produce trash and the environmental movement and public that insists on ever more recycling activity, often without regard to economic cost. MacBride focuses on identifying what works and does not in recycling as well as opportunities for making more meaningful diversions from waste streams than are offered by the municipal curbside collection recycling regime, and doing so in a socially just manner. And, she does this by backing her arguments with solid data and without resorting to cynicism.