Recycling is a boost for job creation
A recent report published by Friends of the Earth, More Jobs, Less Waste, shows that over 50,000 jobs would be created UK-wide if the UK as a whole reached the 70 per cent recycling and composting target adopted by Wales.
Wales’ ambitious targets are set out in Towards Zero Waste (.pdf, opens in new window), which the Welsh Assembly Government Environment Minister Jane Davidson launched in June this year. Wales has seen the largest increase in recycling rates in the past decade of any country in the UK, and is the first to publish detailed delivery documents outlining how the 70 per cent recycling rate will be achieved.
The Environment Minister said:
“Our ambition in Wales is to recycle 70 per cent of our waste by 2025. We believe that this level of recycling will deliver not just environmental benefits but economic and social rewards too.
“We already know, for example that recycling 100,000 tonnes of waste can create up to 250 jobs as opposed to 20 to 40 in the case of incineration and approximately 10 land-filling.
“This is why earlier this month I announced £1 million funding towards a mixed plastics recycling facility run as a social enterprise, which will create new jobs as well as diverting waste from landfill and developing the market for recyclate in Wales.
“It is also why next month I will present the Wales Recycling Awards, which recognise the important role the third sector plays, in providing recycling and reuse services for their communities, and by providing much-needed jobs and training opportunities.
Source: Welsh Assembly Government