Some people think recycling is nothing to pity, but what they don't realize is that when they throw away something recyclable, they cant burn the plastic at garbage dumps. Most of the time they have to sort out the plastic, which takes longer and slows down the process as well.
Recycling technology has matured sufficiently to support collection, sortation, and processing of the major contributors to consumer waste (paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, and plastic bottles). Even with the impact of reduced oil costs, aggregation of commodities still makes a compelling financial impact to recycling firms. The next stage in true environmental stewardship is the (forced) participation of incorporated areas in consumer recycling. Green cities create jobs and the US impact of the total recycling industry exceeds $250B / yr and this doesn't even touch on the "to be recognized" benefits of waste to energy from resources like carpeting and non-recyclables. We owe it to the environment, small business, and future residents of Earth to make community recycling a key initiative.