Less Waste = More Jobs

The data show that waste management approaches that have the best environmental outcomes also generate the most jobs.

Below are mean job generation figures for each waste management method per ten thousand tonnes of waste processed per year.

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Best Use

*The limited data available on the job creation potential of the strategies in the top tier of the hierarchy suggest that the magnitude of job growth potential from this sector could be significant.

404 jobs/10,000 tons

115 jobs/10,000 tons

55 jobs/10,000 tons

7 jobs/10,000 tons

2 jobs/10,000 tons

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Worst Use

REDESIGN, REDUCE, REUSE*

*The limited data available on the job creation potential of the strategies in the top tier of the hierarchy suggest that the magnitude of job growth potential from this sector could be significant.

REPAIR

404 jobs/10,000 tons

RECYCLE

115 jobs/10,000 tons

REMANUFACTURE

55 jobs/10,000 tons

COMPOST

7 jobs/10,000 tons

LANDFILL/INCINERATION

2 jobs/10,000 tons

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