An estimated 86% of all U.S. jobs created from the management of discarded resources come from recycling activities... even though, as a nation, we recycle just 34% of our discards. (Photo credit, Recycle Revolution, 2013).

 

An estimated 86% of all U.S. jobs created from the management of discarded resources come from recycling activities... even though, as a nation, we recycle just 34% of our discards. (Photo credit, Recycle Revolution, 2013).

Recycling Glass Creates Jobs.

According to an in-depth study* on the economics of recycling published by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in 2008, recycling glass can create up to 17.5 times more jobs than landfilling it. The report found that "while waste collection and landfill disposal creates less than one (.66) job per 1,000 tons managed, the collection, processing, and manufacturing of products with recycled materials as feedstock creates 6-13 or more jobs per 1,000 tons, depending on the material" - with glass recycling estimated to create 11.52 jobs per 1,000 tons managed.

Notably, this number does not take into account "the indirect jobs that may be created in other sectors that provide equipment and services to the recycling-related businesses or the manufacturers using the recycled material as inputs, nor do they include the induced jobs created by the spending of those holding the additional direct and indirect jobs."

*Click here to view the full report ("More Jobs, Less Pollution: Growing the Recycling Economy in the U.S.") published by the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC).