Recycling is one of the most wasteful things we do in America. Over half of all recycled products end up in landfills. The rest cost more in money, time, and natural resources than the products they replace. It is easier and cheaper to make a new plastic bottle from oil, than it costs to recycle plastic bottles into new plastic bottles.
The sole exception to this is metals. Aluminum, steel, and copper are actually easy to recycle, and worth real money. Why do you think people steal copper wire and pipes?
If recycling were worth it, the recycling centers would pay you for your trash. Instead, they charge you extra for the service. How much extra? Three to five times the rate of just dumping it in the landfills.
Oh, and the problem is getting worse rapidly. China used to take half of our recyclables. They stopped taking them in January of 2018. So the recyclables are just piling up, and nobody seeme to know what to do with these new mountains of garbage.
Pen and Teller knew most of this back in 2004. They used to have a show called Bullshit! Don't take my words for it. They must know what they're talking about. They're famous celebrities.