When does recycling work?



Recycling happens when there is a positive economic value on the material to be recycled. For example, if it costs more to cut down trees to make paper than it does to process recycled paper back into other paper products, then there will be a demand for recycled paper.  If, however, making paper from trees costs less than making paper from recycled paper then recycling is much less likely to happen.  This basic economic principle changes when state or local policies are enacted to influence the behavior of individuals, businesses, institutions and government to have a positive impact on the environment and/or economy. 


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