The Profits of Recycling

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Brian Potter on twitter notes “The reason the US doesn’t have abandoned cars littering the sides of roads anymore is because of cheap shredders that made recycling them profitable.” Pointing us to Junkyard Planet:

Here’s a video of the Newell Shredder in action. An excellent example of unintended consequences, the unknown ideas and devices that make our world possible and how profit-maximization leads to the conservation of resources.

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