Video: Creating Green Jobs

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You already know that recycling is important for the amount it saves from going to landfills — scrap recycling diverts 40 million metric tons of useful materials a year — but did you know that job creation is also a huge benefit? Scrap recycling employs nearly 150,000 U.S. workers directly (that was $11 billion in wages in 2015), plus the industry supports an extra 300,000 jobs in areas like construction and education.

Want to know more about green jobs? Watch this video from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries:

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Haley Shapley

Haley Shapley is based in Seattle, where recycling is just as cool as Macklemore, walking in the rain without an umbrella, and eating locally sourced food. She writes for a wide range of national and regional publications, covering everything from sustainability and health to travel and retail.