I tend to raise an eyebrow to near-Spockian levels whenever recycling is mentioned, there being so little market for our garbage these days, but trust me, it’s not because we like wallowing in this stuff:
Personally, I hate creating so much garbage. For example, packaging (as compared to during my youth) — especially plastic packaging such as those impossible-to-open hard see-through thingees that seem to surround nearly every small gadget one buys these days — has gotten way out of hand. I receive an amazing amount of unsolicited junk mail and it doesn’t seem to be stoppable; that stuff just goes directly into recycling and isn’t even opened. What a waste, and I don’t remember anything even remotely like it even as recently as ten years ago.
Probably the only way we’re ever going to get rid of clamshell packaging is to encourage actual clams to revolt.