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Waste, Recycling Employment Hits RecordWaste, Recycling Employment Hits Record

Allan Gerlat

August 12, 2014

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Waste, Recycling Employment Hits Record

Employment in waste and recycling reached a record high in July, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The BLS reported that employment for the waste management and remediation services industry increased by 1,200 employees to 382,500 workers, or a 0.3 percent increase from the June levels.  

“The BLS data reflect a general improvement in current economic conditions as well as seasonal factors impacting the industry,” said Sharon Kneiss, president and CEO of the Washington-based National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA) in a news release. “Technological advances in materials, materials handling and consumer behavior patterns continue to influence waste-handling methods, creating efficiencies and innovation within the industry.”

 Waste industry employment trends have mirrored national employment trends this year. The U.S. unemployment rate now is just above 6 percent, and the waste industry’s unemployment rate was 3.2 percent in July – close to a seven-year low.

 The waste management and remediation services category (NAICS 562) includes solid waste collection; hazardous waste collection; other waste collection; hazardous waste treatment and disposal; solid waste landfill; solid waste combustors and incinerators; other nonhazardous waste treatment and disposal; remediation services; materials recovery facilities; and all other waste management services.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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