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Does recycling lead to less jobs?

Say I buy a glass bottle, I can either put it in the landfill or recycle it. My understanding is, glass will breakdown into sand. (Not sure how well though, since we sometimes find glass from Roman times.) Alternatively we can recycle it.

But I was wondering wouldn't this put some people out of work? Such as the people who have to mine all the silca for use in making the glass in the first place. And considering it is more economic to recycle glass, this seems like less humans would be needed.

Therefor could I make the case that not recycling my glass bottle is helping with employment? On the other hand, recycling might be helping the economy as a whole and there might be more money in the economy for public sector jobs? Which is right?

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