The message it sends, is that the green movement is about control through police action. I like re-using things as much as the next person, metals are quite invaluably reused, but recycling paper? I had a long discussion with an environmentalist a few weeks back, and I found it frustrating that when I referred to trees as renewable resources, she disagreed with me! I told her for certain, if you cut one down, plant a new one, and in 25 years, you get a new full sized tree!
What's worse, is this green police rhetoric seems to be coming to life, this article from Cleveland demonstrates how RFID chips, coupled with RFID readers and scales in garbage and recycling trucks can help the city send you a $100 fine for not recycling enough. The good news, there's a book called "Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius" and will teach you how to make an EMP device capable of disabling those pesky RFID chips.
Here's a quote:
My recommendation is for enough outraged community members to pull in an outside trash collection company, and pay them instead.
Trash carts containing more than 10 percent recyclable material could lead to a $100 fine, according to Waste Collection Commissioner Ronnie Owens. Recyclables include glass, metal cans, plastic bottles, paper and cardboard.