More Recycling Could Create 1.5 Million Jobs In The Us Alone

Swedish recycling system

Have you ever wondered what good is recycling all those cans, bottles and newspapers?

Today we have heard a new report that tells us that increasing the global recycling rate in the US from 33% to 75% in 2030 would reduce pollution dramatically and create an extra 1.5 million green jobs.

Recycling is a simple and very useful gesture with which we contribute to the improvement of the environment. The constant need for new raw materials for the manufacture of all kinds of products, as well as the entire process of extraction, transport, production and energy expenditure decreases when using the waste we generate. Also, this waste is prevented from ending up in landfills, which are increasingly saturated and with a very large environmental impact. For this reason, recycling also contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Related: Sweden recycles a staggering 99% of its garbage.

sweden imports garbage for incineration

With the unemployment rate in the United States stagnant at 9%, universities, newspapers, political parties, research groups, etc … are trying to quantify the probable job creation in different areas, zones and sectors. Recycling advocates have joined this battle and promoted the report ” Less Pollution, More Jobs ” produced by the non-profit research group of the Tellus Institute.

The report reveals that the increase in waste recycling would require more labor, therefore 85% of the new jobs that the sector currently has in the US, as a result of the collection, the garbage processing and composting, as well as the manufacture of new products with recycled materials.

You can view and download the full report at:  docs.nrdc.org/Morejobs-lesspollution.pdf

Increasing the recycling rate to 75% would generate 2.3 million jobs between now and 2,030, 1.1 million more jobs than if the United States maintains the current recycling rate and about 1.5 million more jobs than the that existed in 2008.

In addition, the report also says that carbon dioxide emissions would drop 276 million tons in 2030 with that increase in the recycling rate – equivalent to removing 50 million cars from the streets.

The report was commissioned by It was prepared by the BlueGreen Alliance, SEIU (Service Employees International Union), the American Council for the Defense of Natural Resources, Teamsters, Recycling Works and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives.

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