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Zero Waste creates many JOBS!

Zero waste creates many job opportunities!

One of the most powerful points in support of zero waste is the social impact not only on education but also on job creation.

In the European Union, we are approaching the tragic number of 24 million unemployed; in countries such as Spain, almost a quarter of the people are unemployed. If we look at the youth unemployment rate, this number will double. At the same time, 86 million tons of waste were sent to the EU for processing!

The opportunity for us to destroy with our current waste policy is exciting; especially when you think that half of the 86 million tons of domestic waste is recyclable, and the other half is an industrial design error that needs to be repaired. In both cases, there are huge employment opportunities; garbage collection work, recycling center work, repair shop work, recycling work, composting work, designing better products, using recycled materials to produce high-quality products... …All these jobs cannot leave the ground, and every tone we send to landfills or incinerators is destroying.

According to a study by the European Commission, only if we implement the current EU waste policy can we create 400.000 jobs in Europe. Environmental Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: “We need to treat waste as a resource-burying this resource in the ground is worse than short-sightedness. This report shows that waste management and recycling can make a huge contribution to economic growth and job creation. . Let us not forget that recycled materials are cheaper than virgin materials-and they reduce greenhouse gas emissions and our dependence on imports."

E. The Committee explained that the fundamental problem is that too many prices do not reflect the true disposal of goods, and many member states still lack adequate infrastructure. However, one thing that the European Commission has always tended to ignore is that incinerators that convert waste into energy — currently burning 20% ​​of European household waste — will not only destroy resources but also employment. A study by Greenpeace proved that the employment opportunities created by recycling are 39 times that of incineration.

But experience shows how those towns/regions that implement zero waste can create more jobs than the European Commission’s research report claims. This is because the study only considered the implementation of existing legislation, for example, the target for 2020 is a 50% recovery rate. The recycling rate of zero-waste cities is much higher than 70%, and because of their extensive policies on maintenance, reuse, sustainable consumption of neighboring products, etc., they are trying to create more than current traditional waste management strategies Employment opportunities.

The economic crisis in Europe is setting new priorities for our society, and job creation and sustainable resource management can only be at its core. This is the meaning of zero waste; reduce the size of trash bins, maximize the separation of collection and recycling, redesign the economy, establish a resilient social and material system, and direct public investment to the construction of natural and social capital instead of Landfills and incinerators.

The economic crisis in Europe is setting new priorities for our society, and job creation and sustainable resource management can only be at its core.

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