Why recycling is no longer profitable?
Efforts to reduce costs in products and packaging are “objectively reducing value” Szaky said, “which also makes them less recyclable.” The “lightweighting” of packages, making them have less physical material and more complexity as a result of that design challenge, makes them less profitable to recycle.
Why recycling is worth the cost?
Recycling any type of material is simply better than sending it to landfill or incineration where it releases greenhouse gases and other pollutants. Recycling materials also significantly reduces demand for natural resources, our reliance on fossil fuels, and the impacts associated with extracting both.
What is the downside to recycling?
Although recycling is eco-friendly, it is often considered cost-inefficient. Recycling costs can go thrice as much as the cost of dumping garbage in landfills. The process is also labor-intensive.