Improving conditions for recycling jobs

Improving conditions for recycling jobs

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Jobs in the lower rungs of the recycling industry can be low-paying, monotonous and potentially hazardous. In the Bay Area, a group of activists is seeking to change that.

Hoping to improve conditions in lower-level recycling jobs, a group of recycling workers and individuals from environmental and community organizations launched a coalition earlier this month called the Campaign for Sustainable Recycling, reports the East Bay Express. The report includes complaints from recycling workers of intimidation, dangerous conditions and poor pay and how they want to fix it.

"The best [paying] job is driving a truck to the landfill, the worst is sorting recycling," Ruth Abbe, Zero Waste Coordinator for the Sierra Club, told the paper. "As those high-paying [landfill] jobs go away, we don't want to replace them with poverty jobs."

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