03 Dec '11, 7am

An 8% increase in recycling would create more than 368,000 jobs.

To further dispute the right-wing gospel that pollution creates jobs, a new report finds that boosting our national recycling and composting rate to 75 percent would create 2.3 million jobs by 2030. That move would also cut 515 million metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution, the equivalent of shutting down 72 dirty coal power plants or taking 5 million cars off the road, according to the study from the Tellus Institute. Even a modest increase from the current 33 percent to 41 percent would create more than 368,000 jobs. Once again, we see that reducing pollution and boosting efficiency can be a powerful job creator. Recycling creates more jobs because it means that materials go through several additional processes of recycling and reuse, which requires manpower at every stage--as opposed to creating a product that gets used once and thrown away. We see this pattern of gre...

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