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Creation of 40k Waste Management Jobs in London

01-August-2017 11:54
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Creation of 40,000 Waste Management Jobs in London

According to a report published by (WRAP) the Waste and Resources Action Programme, the circular economy could create more than 40,000 waste management jobs and recycling jobs in the city of London by 2030.

The circular economy is great news for the creation of new jobs in waste management, recycling jobs and resource jobs. Especially where businesses that are involved in re-using, repair, and remanufacturing where they require more labour to create economic value, notably amongst low to mid-skilled occupations, where job losses in the future in London are highly probable.

Since 2004, London has shown a decrease of 4.6% in mid range skilled jobs where as Low and high skilled jobs have increased 1.3% and 3.2 respectively.

By 2030 it is projected that high skilled jobs will increase by 4.7% low by 0.7% and mid range continued to decline by 5.5%. It is predicted that this decline could be potentially counteracted by the circular economy in London.

There are currently around 50,000 people employed in industries related to the circular economy in London 28.9% are people who have jobs in waste management. This is partly due to an increase of recycling material from 9% to 34% from London households.

These waste jobs are currently spread across London boroughs which means that all areas would benefit from the expansion of the circular economy.

Waste management jobs could increase in areas such as Greenwich, Southwark and Ealing boroughs and because of high levels of unemployment in these areas it would certainly help local residents. Possible new areas of opportunity for new creation of recycling jobs are Bexley and Brent boroughs.

An earlier report published by WRAP outlined three potential Scenarios:


No new initiatives are put in place increased jobs in waste management by 3,000.


Maintaining current levels with large improvements in recycling and reuse with moderate progress in re-manufacturing would have the potential to increase recruitment for waste jobs and recycling jobs by 16,000 and 5,500 in London waste jobs.


With extensive development could create 40,000 waste jobs, resource jobs and recycling jobs in London, potentially reducing unemployment by 12,000.


In general the report suggests that expanding the Circular economy could improve low, mid and high levels jobs across the sector.

The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) will detail how these waste, recycling and resource jobs will be created and what investments is needed to bring about this transformation towards the Circular Economy by 2036

Boris Johnson London Mayor said "The principles of the so-called ‘circular economy’ have become better defined, and have captured the imagination of policy makers, businesses and entrepreneurs alike. It’s now apparent that accelerating it could drive great benefits for the capital– increased profitability and competitiveness for business, cost savings on the city’s significant waste management bills, reduced environmental impacts, and better self-sufficiency at a time of uncertain commodity markets."

‘I am grateful to all those involved for their tremendous work on this exciting topic. I urge central government, local authorities, businesses, developers and entrepreneurs alike to join me and to commit to making the change a reality.


The need for the circular economy to be taken seriously is very important, if we act now London can be a world leader in these new technologies which will ensure we remain globally competitive. This could create thousands of waste management jobs and recycling jobs, with the right mix of skills and in the right locations which would reduce unemployment. In addition to creating thousands of new waste jobs with these new advancements for Londoners, it could also be bring in £7 billion every year into the economy by 2036.

The LWARB will be approaching waste management companies to accelerate London’s transition into a circular economy to realise these potentially huge benefits.

Article sources:


http://resource.co/ waste jobs for London

Jobs in waste management for the city of London