We tear down a small building and we wipe out the entire environmental benefit from recycling hundreds of thousands of aluminum cans.
Donovan Rypkema does the math: "We all diligently recycle our Coke cans. It's a pain in the neck, but we do it because it's good for the environment. Here is a typical building in an American downtown — 25 feet wide and 120 feet deep. Today we tear down one small building like this in your downtown. We have now wiped out the entire environmental benefit from the last 1,344,000 aluminum cans that were recycled. We've not only wasted an historic building, we've wasted months of diligent recycling by the people of your community.”
-- Donovan Rypkema quoted by Lloyd Alter in Tree Hugger Aug 20, 2007