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Recycling

While the recycling's impact on jobs has been the subject of several studies in recent years, Returning to Work is the first report to take into account the vital importance of material quality, throughput quantities, processing dynamics and end-user needs to analyze the net gains in domestic jobs when beverage containers are recovered through recycling.


Region: North America
Year of publication : 2011
Document Type: Report&Data

The importance of preserving material quality and avoiding cross-contamination has become a common theme in many recent technical reports on recycling.


Region: North America
Year of publication : 2012
Document Type: Press

Container deposits increase container recovery, reduce environmental pollution, create jobs and place the cost of recovery on those who produce and consume the containers.


Region: North America
Year of publication : 2005
Document Type: Report&Data

1. Depending on the system, container deposit-return (CDR) systems create 11 to 38 times more jobs than curbside recycling. 2. On average, states with deposit-return systems recover roughly three times more beverage containers than non-CDR states. 3. Jobs gained from recycling far exceed any jobs lost in virgin extraction, landfilling or domestic manufacturing. 4. U.S. PET reclaimers currently operate at less than 60% capacity due to a lack of quality source materials. 5. The U.S. loses 800 jobs per year to overseas markets due to the export of PET.


Document Type: Factsheet

As a waste management consultant, rarely do I come across another consultant’s report that not only delights and excites, but compels me to promote, disseminate, and speak-out about its findings. Such was the case several months ago when Dr. Jeffery Morris of Sound Resource Management, based in the State of Washington, responded to my request for information on quantifying the benefits of using finished compost.


Year of publication : 2008
Document Type: Press

To estimate the environmental value for curbside recycling and composting in King County, Sound Resource Management developed a comprehensive recycling and composting environmental costs and benefits valuation model. This model estimates pollution reductions across all three phases of product life cycles that are caused by diverting material discards to recycling or compositing. The model takes into account pollution emissions from collection vehicles, recyclables processing facilities, composting facilities, disposal facilities, and shipping of processed materials to end users.


Region: North America
Year of publication : 2007
Document Type: Report&Data

Despite progress in recent years countries across the European Union (EU), including the United Kingdom (UK), are continuing to dispose of significant amounts of valuable recyclable materials to landfill or incineration. This analysis examines this disposal in more depth, in an attempt to provide a reasonable estimate of the amount of different recyclable materials that is lost through landfilling or incineration. The study then estimates the value of these lost materials, and the climate change benefits that could have been gained by recycling these materials.


Region: Europe
Year of publication : 2009
Document Type: Report&Data

This report is based on a study of 103 waste recyclers. It shows that the sector has been impacted by the crash in prices of scrap which happened from April to December 2008. 70% of those interviewed stated that their work was bad or very bad. Of these, 14% identified the drop in share prices as a cause of the price crash. The study revealed that wastepickers were being forced to liquidate their assets, including those kept aside for emergencies. Many wastepickers stored the copper they found instead of selling it immediately.


Region: Asia-Pacific
Year of publication : 2009
Document Type: Report&Data

Seven case studies of zero waste around the world.
Introduction: Stories From the Front Lines of the Zero Waste movement
Pune, India: Waste Pickers Lead the Way to Zero Waste
San Francisco, USA: Creating a Culture of Zero Waste
Alaminos, Philippines: Zero Waste, from Dream to Reality
Hernani, Spain: Door-to-Door Collection as a Strategy to Reduce Waste Disposal
La Pintana, Chile: Prioritizing the Recovery of Vegetable Waste
Mumbai, India: Waste Picker-run Biogas Plants as a Decentralized Solution


Region: Asia-Pacific
Year of publication : 2012
Document Type: Report&Data

This report explores three different commodities – lithium, aluminium and cotton – to exemplify how our linear consumption patterns (extraction, manufacture, use and disposal) not only have major social, economic and environmental impacts, but also represent a missed opportunity for job creation and global resource security.


Region: Europe
Year of publication : 2013
Document Type: Report&Data

GAIA's policy statement "Recycling works!" Recycling Works! brings together waste workers, community leaders, and environmental justice activists to create resilient recycling programs that generate good jobs, combat climate change, foster energy independence, and revitalize community health. The campaign was initiated in 2009 by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA).


Region: North America
Document Type: Press