About Recycling Works!

The Recycling Works! campaign brings together waste workers, community and environmental justice activists to create recycling programs that generate good jobs, combat climate change, create energy independence, and revitalize community health.

The campaign works to create and sustain good reuse, recycling, and composting jobs. Industries that reuse and recycle offer one of the most affordable and immediate ways to address climate change and energy conservation while creating long term, quality jobs. Recycling industries include curbside collection of materials, deconstruction of buildings and products, processing of recycled materials, composting, repair and reuse businesses, and manufacturing of new products using recycled content.

It’s time to stop wasting our resources in landfills and incinerators. Recycling results in less waste, reducing the negative health effects of waste on workers, communities of color, indigenous and lower income communities, which disproportionately play host to incinerators and landfills. Emissions of dioxin, lead, mercury, and many other cancer-causing pollutants from incinerators and landfills can be avoided through increased recycling. Significant greenhouse gas pollution can also be avoided – according to the EPA, landfills are a leading source of human-produced methane emissions, and incinerators release more greenhouse gas emissions than coal plants per unit of energy produced.

The campaign was initiated by the International Brotherhood of the Teamsters (http://www NULL.teamster NULL.org/content/solid-waste) and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) (http://www NULL.no-burn NULL.org). Please read the campaign’s policy recommendations, signed by over 130 organizations:

350.org  • Alaska Community Action on Toxics  • Alaska Conservation Solutions
Alternatives for Community and Environment  • Apollo Alliance • Science in the Public Interest
Asian Pacific Environmental Network • Bay Localize  • Biodiversity Conservation Alliance
BioNeighbors Sustainable Homes, LLC  • Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League
Borneo Project • Boulder Zero Waste Trips • Buckeye Environmental Network – Ohio
Bring Urban Recycling to Nashville Today • California Students Sustainability Coalition
Caney Fork Headwaters Association • Center for Biological Diversity
Center For Environmental Health • Center for Health, Environment & Justice
Center for Policy Initiatives • Center for Sustainable Living
Christians Caring for Creation • Citizens’ Environmental Coalition  • Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future
Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger  • Clean Production Action • Coal River Mountain Watch
Coalition For A Safe Environment • Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice
Cumberland Countians for Peace & Justice  • DataCenter • Del Amo Action Committee
Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice • Earth Charter Lifeboat Academy of PA
Earth Circle Conservation and Recycling • East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy
Ecology Center – Ann Arbor • Ecology Center – Berkeley  • Elders for Earth’s Children
Energy Justice Network • Environmental Alliance of North Florida
Environmental Paper Consulting • Eureka Recycling  • Eyak Preservation Council
Faiths United for Sustainable Energy • Families Against Cancer & Toxics
Finger Lakes Zero Waste Coalition • Florida League of Conservation Voters
Floridians Against Incinerators In Disguise  • Food and Water Watch • Friends of the Earth – US
Global Community Monitor • Global Exchange • Global Justice Ecology Project
Good Jobs and Livable Neighborhoods Coalition
Grassroots Recycling Network • Greater Philadelphia Commercial Recycling Council
Green America • Green Delaware  • Green Dove Network, Inc.  • Green For All
Green Press Initiative • Greenacres Woodward Civic Association
Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice  • Greenpeace
Greenwich Citizens Committee, Inc.  • Health Care Without Harm • Heartwood
Help Our Polluted Environment  • How Green is My Town • Indiana Holistic Health Network
Indigenous Environmental Network • Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Institute for Local Self-Reliance • International Rivers • Ironbound Community Corporation
Kentucky Heartwood • Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy • Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
Michigan Environmental Council • Movement Generation • Neighbors Against the Burner
Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation • Network for Environmental & Economic Responsibility
New Business Model for Detroit Solid Waste Coalition • Orange County Recycling Cooperative
Ouachita Watch League • Partnership for Working Families
Person County People Rising In Defense of Ecology
Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization
Protect All Children’s Environment Protect Biodiversity in Public Forests
Providence Youth Student Movement
Puerto Rico College of Physicians and Surgeons • Rainforest Action Network
Rising Tide North America  • Rosedale Recycles
San Francisco Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility • Save The Pine Bush
Science and Environmental Health Network • Selkirk, Coeymans, Ravena Against Pollution
Sierra Club • Sierra Club Puerto Rico • Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition  • Solutions of Moab
Sound Resource Management • Southern Energy Network
Southern Indiana Renewable Energy Network  • SouthWest Organizing Project
Southwest Workers Union  • Spirit of the Sage Council • Story of Stuff Project
Student Environmental Action Coalition • Sustainable Energy & Economy Network  • Sustainable South Bronx • Tamalpais NatureWorks • Texas Campaign for the Environment • Texas Zero Waste Alliance
The Alliance for Appalachia •  The Annie Appleseed Project  • The Habitat Trust for Wildlife • Toxics Action Center
Valley Watch • Virginians for Appropriate Roads • West Virginia Environmental Council
Women’s Voices for the Earth

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