Earnings, jobs and innovation: the role of recycling in a green economy

Date of the report


Author of the report

European Environment Agency

Purpose of the report

This report aims to examine the economic benefits of recycling by considering the recycling industry in the context of building a ‘green economy’. The report concludes that the recycling industry can improve the European economy by providing raw materials, creating jobs and encouraging business opportunities and innovation.

Relevance to the region

The West Midlands area will greatly benefit from raised awareness of the benefits of recycling and the jobs and business opportunities it provides.

What SWM liked

This report plays the important role of promoting behaviour which supports many aspects of the economy whilst addressing environmental needs. The widespread benefits of recycling deserve increased recognition if we are going to secure a greener economy for the future.

Links and Contact information

For further information, visit the EEA website.


Earnings jobs and innovation the role of recycling in a green economy (PDF)

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