Myth – Recycling trucks waste energy.
Truth – The amount of energy used by recycling trucks is more than made up for by the overall amount of energy that recycling saves.
Sure, recycling trucks use some energy but all that trash would have to be picked up some way and the reduction in carbon emissions due to recycling far outweighs any increase in emissions from all those trucks. To put it all in perspective, the EPA estimates that recycling efforts in 2006 alone caused a reduction of 49.7 million metric tons of carbon emissions. In real world terms, that is the equivalent of 39.4 million passenger vehicles being removed from the road!
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