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Recycling: Job Creation

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of jobs created by recycling between 2013 and 2020.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The Waste and Resources Action Programme has estimated that the recycling industry has the potential to generate roughly 10,000 new jobs in the UK by 2020, available at:


The Environmental Services Association also estimates that there is potential for 7,500 to 12,000 new jobs in the recycling sector by 2020, available at:


It is estimated that Britain’s waste and resource management sector currently employs over 100,000 people and generates over £12 billion in sales.

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