That's certainly true for Michele Raymond editor/publisher of both Recycling Laws International and State Recycling Laws Update. "One industry source told me the article will hurt recycling" Raymond reports. "A negative article in the Wall Street Journal last year did not kill recycling although it did give those who want to scale back the laws some excuse. But it made others dig their heels in farther to support recycling." The timing of the article might have been politically influenced Raymond surmises. New York City Mayor Rudolph Guliani mentioned the article when he announced he wanted to amend the city's mandatory 25% recycling ordinance. The city was sued by Natural Resources Defense Council because it did not meet its July 14 deadline. A few observers believe New York will never have an efficient recycling system because of its 80% multi-family dwellings because unions won't allow new cost-saving technologies and because there are no "yard clippings" to increase the rate. Referencing another controversial issue the Editor of Environmental Building News once observed "both sides exaggerate." The "truth" is often somewhere in between. To shed some light in the gap between the "extremes" here is Michele Raymond's analysis of the current recycling situation in the U.S.