I write the article A New Stream of Though on Recycling in The American on 10 September 2007.
Let machines, not people, sort the trash.
Recycling easily becomes a route to symbolic absolution—all that time spent sorting garbage somehow counteracts the sins of consumerism. The fact that the recycling program produces significant health hazards, overflows the neighborhood with trash whenever there is a holiday, and does not, in actuality, help the environment, becomes irrelevant. Only unbelievers, critics would say, think about such crass things.
Single stream recycling does not require you to be ecologically conscious. The machines do the work for you.