A Sobering Look at Recycling

Read the NY Times article "The Reign of Recycling". A couple of snippets: 

Here’s some perspective: To offset the greenhouse impact of one passenger’s round-trip flight between New York and London, you’d have to recycle roughly 40,000 plastic bottles, assuming you fly coach. If you sit in business- or first-class, where each passenger takes up more space, it could be more like 100,000.
— http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/04/opinion/sunday/the-reign-of-recycling.html

One comments from the article (which has drawn about 500 at post time) "...Years ago my brother, an economist, explained to me that recycling was wasteful, if you considered it from a total resource perspective. Ever since then, he bravely refused to recycle" by mwr.

While not necessarily discounted in most of the article, I have a hard time "throwing away" aluminum cans. They seem pure and ready to be re-made into something else. But, ultimately I have no data.