Recyclers and recycling companies often cite job growth as a primary reason for hiring workers.
But the jobs they’re looking for may not be the ones they’ve seen in years.
In fact, jobs in the recycling industry have been declining in recent years, according to a report by the National Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group.
Recycotics accounted for nearly 6% of the jobs lost in 2016, the report said.
That’s a significant decline since the recession.
The jobs in this industry are typically in small businesses, which can provide valuable service and can pay a living wage, the NRDC said.
Recycle companies also often need a lot of hands to help keep their machinery and waste going.
“It’s been tough, but we’re finding ways to keep up,” said Mike O’Brien, chief executive officer of Waste Connectations, which is headquartered in New Jersey.
Waste Connections offers free recycling to businesses of all sizes, but is especially interested in larger facilities, which it says could include large factories, warehouses and other industrial sites.
Wastecreasing Recycles is a major issue in the U.S., according to the NRDCC, with more than 1 million tons of plastic, rubber, cardboard and other recyclable materials being wasted in the United States every day.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization, has called for major changes to the U