23 February 2017
Helping the environment and creating jobs at the same time has got to be a double win hasn’t it? In the UK, a study by Friends of the Earth suggests that if an ambitious but achievable target of 70% recycling for municipal waste was set and achieved by 2025, then this could create 29,400 jobs in recycling, 14,700 indirect jobs in supply chains and 7,300 induced jobs in the wider economy.
According to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), the systematic removal of every 10,000 tons of solid waste creates only 6 jobs, while the same amount of waste if recycled can create recycling jobs for as many as 36 people.
There’s been a rapid growth in the recycling industry in recent decades, with this boom being translated into social, environmental and economic benefits for society. Seeing e-waste as a valuable resource presents economic opportunities and the creation of green jobs, new business and investment.
As global wealth increases so do levels of consumption, especially in industrialising countries, which in turn increases waste which pollutes the environment but also contains valuable unused resources. So as well as reducing the amount of waste going to landfill and the release of toxins into the environment through efficient e-cycling, it’s suggested that potentially one green job per month could be created for every ton of e-waste produced.
While solid waste management is a highly mechanised process achieved with a moderately low level of labour, recycling can be much more labour intensive. Waste needs to be collected, sorted and processed, and supporting roles are needed such as facilities operations, sales and logistics support. From the collection of materials right through to selling them, the recycling industry needs a variety of skilled and semi-skilled employees to carry out all the jobs required.
* The U.S. scrap industry created over 150,000 direct jobs and 323,000 indirect jobs in 2015
* The U.S. recycling industry employed 1.25 million people, whereas the U.S. solid waste management industry used only 0.25 million people.
* Wider government focus on the recycling industry could create 10,000 new jobs in the UK by 2020.
The importance of responsible computer recycling has never been more vital, if you want to play your part in reducing potentially health and environmentally-harming e-waste, as well as keeping your data secure. So if your company is one that is committed to the ethical recycling of its obsolete computers and technology products, make sure secure and environmentally friendly computer recycling that adheres to proper recycling regulations is part of your consideration. It’s also important to be aware that companies are now legally obliged to safely dispose of potentially sensitive information in accordance with current security laws and the Data Protection Act of 1998. Be sure only to use a computer recycling company that operates in accordance with, and preferably exceeds all government guidelines such as the WEEE Directive and the Data Protection Act.