The Two Cultures, Recycling Edition

In the West, “recycling is a moral act, done – primarily – as expatiation for consumption.” Chinese recycle sometimes, too, but guilt and environmentalism have nothing to do with it. For Mainlanders, recycling is an economic act; it’s profitable, at least for those on the bottom rungs of Chinese society. Adam at Shanghaiscrap.com does a little cross-cultural comparison of recycling and the motives behind it.

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