Could someone go and get that economic cluebat please and apply it firmly to Friends of the Earth?
Ambitious targets to increase the amount of rubbish recycled in the UK could help create more than 50,000 jobs, a report suggested today.
The study by Friends of the Earth said 51,400 jobs could be created if 70% of waste collected by local councils were recycled.
Jobs are a fucking cost, not a benefit!
The paper is here:
On a European level, if a target of 70% for
recycling of key materials was met,
conservative estimates suggest that across
the EU27 up to 322,000 direct jobs could
be created in recycling an additional 115
million tonnes of glass, paper, plastic,
ferrous and non ferrous metals, wood,
textiles and biowaste. These jobs would
have knock on effects in down and
upstream sectors and the wider
economy and could create 160,900 new
indirect jobs and 80,400 induced jobs.
The total potential is therefore for more
than 563,000 net new jobs.
Turning half a million Europeans into rag and bone men means half a million Europeans who are not tending babies, curing cancer of protesting against unsustainable consumption. We thus lose smiling babies, die earlier and miss out on that truly vital part of a green economy, mass demonstrations by the unwashed and unshaved, as a result of having half a million people devoting their labour to picking through shit to recycle the cotton from tampons.
Sadly, it actually gets worse. Their own sums show that it\’s a very bad idea indeed.
Friends of the Earth’s study ‘Gone to Waste’
(FOE, 2009) estimated that around half of
all the key recyclables available in the
municipal and commercial and industrial
(C&I) waste streams in 2004 were still being
sent for disposal. If this material had been
recycled it would have saved 148 million
tonnes CO2eq emissions and would have
had a minimum potential monetary value of
€5.25 billion. Across Europe, there is now a
growing recognition of the job opportunities
to be realised from this valuable resource. If
this waste was recycled, reused or
remanufactured it could provide the basis
for an expanded recycling and resource
management industry, creating many more
‘green jobs’ in reprocessing, sorting and
collecting of recyclables.
So, 148 million tonnes CO2 is, at $80 a tonne (the Stern number) $12 billion. The materials recovered at 5 billion euro.
Half a million people at 50,000 euro a year (sounds high for wages but there\’s overhead, social security payments etc to consider so 50 k is actually a low number) is 25 billion euros.
Bit of fancy exchange rate stuff and we\’re spending 25 billion euro in order to get 15 billion euro of materials and not CO2 damage to the environment.
This plan thus makes us all poorer by 10 billion euro a year.
They really are trying to make us all poorer you know.
Actually, forget the cluebat: anyone got a machine gun?