N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources: State Study Shows Strong Growth in Recycling Jobs
RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources released a study in January showing strong growth in recycling jobs in the state despite the effects of the recent recession. The research, conducted by DENR’s Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach, is the latest in a string of studies demonstrating the ongoing contribution of recycling to the state’s economic growth.
“We are pleased to see that recycling remains a dynamic source of green jobs in North Carolina,” said DENR Secretary Dee Freeman. “The study shows that recycling not only helps us reduce our dependence on landfills, save energy and prevent pollution, but that it also boosts the economy at a critical time.”
The study’s major findings include: There are currently almost 15,200 private sector recycling-related jobs in North Carolina, private sector recycling jobs have increased 4.8 percent since 2008 and the total annual payroll for North Carolina recycling businesses is $395 million.
A copy of the study can be found online at http://www.p2pays.org/ref/53/52107.pdf.