I have always thought that recycling is absolute nonsense.
In the UK you will find many pre WW2 inner city houses with a small front garden. On closer inspection you can see that they are wrought iron shafts comming out of the wall that have been cut off at the level of the wall. The shafts used to form a fence – a bit like the picture below, only the wall were generally a bit higher
What has this got to do with recycling?
The reason the fences were cut down was so they could be “re-cycled” to make planes and tanks in the second world war. Wrought Iron is entirely unsuitable for making tanks or airplanes. There is a location in scotland filled with these posts – all that happened is that they were stockpiled.
But it made everyone who chopped down their fences feel like they were helping though!
I don’t know how much stuff is really being recyled anyway its really the point even if you take the view that the stuff that goes in the recycled bin is being recycled 100% when you recycle you only recycle the finnished product this only is a small fraction of the resource used to make a typical item. The site below explains what I mean
The story of Stuff