I like Penn and Teller. I don't always agree with them, but they say what they think and they make no apology for doing so. I have enormous respect for that, whether I agree with what's being said or not.
In this case, they are right.
Personally, I like recycling. A lot of my lab equipment uses bits and pieces you wouldn't believe. I have a four-place stirrer system based on old laminated flooring and using a broken carbon-fibre fishing rod as a main shaft. I have a motor mounted on the corner of an old window frame. Solid, heavy and guaranteed square. As a motor mount, it's perfect, and it was free.
When government gets involved, it is, as with everything else government gets involved in, a total and absolute fuck-up.
I want to see reduced pollution. I want to see as much as possible recycled and re-used. It will not happen by government diktat. It will only happen by individual ingenuity. Something the current government regards as heresy.
You want maximum recycling? Then you want a free market economy.
Nothing else will work.