Recycling is Rubbish
The notion that recycling makes economic sense is rubbish.
Some things are profitable to recycle, some things only make sense to recycle when we consider the environmental effects, some things we would be crazy even to try to recycle. Working out what falls into each category should be done by cost-benefit analysis. Add up all the costs, then all the benefits, and see which outweighs the other.
However, there is one cost that no one acknowledges: the time spent preparing items for recycling. No one mentions it because it's done by you, free, in your own home.
Englishman's Castle blog points out that, "The sorting of rubbish can actually now be done very efficiently by large machines at centralized factories. But the green movement insists we do it at home as a penance for our consumerism, almost as if when we needed pins we were forced to make them at home. It is this forbidding of the division of labour that makes us poorer and is symptomatic of the green movement."
See related, classic article "Recycling is Garbage" by John Tierney in the NY Times Sunday Magazine (June 30, 1996).