I was pondering the implications of the recycling culture that is being propagated in the West. I'm of the opinion that- with the exception of hypertoxic and dangerous substances- if you have to recycle and you can't simply rely upon dumping your waste somewhere out of sight then your habitat is overpopulated. In utopia an optimum carrying capacity or our species wouldn't require the recycling effort being made today. Instead all of the utopian civilisation's resources could be directed towards research and development.
Not that I've got anything against recycling in our atopian society. Just an idea, you know.