Seriously though, they proved a long time ago that very few materials have net positive environmental impact to recycle. One of the only exceptions is iron/steel.
Paper, plastic, aluminum, and most everything else take too much water, energy, and/or toxic chemicals to be efficiently converted into a reusable form, compared to processing or creating new material.
One of the biggest culprits is paper. The heat, chemicals, and water needed to recover paper is far greater than processing newly felled trees (which are farmed and replanted no different than traditional crops, just at a different time scale).
From the mine to landfill, the Prius is far more environmentally damaging (because of the toxic battery materials and processing afterwards) than a Hummer H2.
@JDPhi, actually, aluminum is cheaper to recycle than it is to refine from bauxite ore. At least last i checked the refining process was essentially electrolysis, which is a pretty energy-inefficient process.
@JDPhi, I do it for the money I get back. Take in a truck bed and get a few hundred back.
@JDPhi, gotta disagree with you on the aluminum and Prius points. Pure EVs become more environmentally friendly than gas cars by 40k miles or so from a carbon emissions standpoint (even if all your electricity comes from coal). If you only count pollution from battery metal refinement then sure, but that seems like a very narrow way to measure environmental impact
@JDPhi, the mantra should not be 'stop buying pollutants' - the mantra should be 'stop making pollutants'
@daweim0, The point is that everything it takes for Prius is worse for the environment, than using a Hummer H2. In less than 10 years, you will need to buy a $6k+ battery for your EV, not to mention other parts, which also require high amounts of pollution to make, meaning its better to drive the Hummer.
You can't look at just one point, but you can't ignore the major point.
40k miles is a long time, and is only a portion of the problem.
@thatoneguymaybe, the average u.s. car drives 15k miles a year, so 40k miles is just ~3 years. My 2015 car has 115k miles already
Recycling isn't real! Global warming is a myth! Elvis is alive! I have smol pepe! These are all lies!
@twopotatoes, Well, it's not Global Warming anymore, because that didn't work with the changes. So it's just Climate Change now. In a way, you are correct.