Employment, social equity and sustainability through greening the SWM

Sunday, Apr 7, 2013
Employment, social equity and sustainability through greening the SWM

Recycling leads to substantial resource savings. It is estimated that every ton of recycled paper saves up to 17 trees and 50% of the water – that is used for the production – can be saved. New products made out of organic and agricultural wastes may serve as a source of income and lead to additional employment. Recycling in all its forms employs 12 million people in the three countries Brazil, China and the United States.
Green Economy as defined by UNEP includes a balanced interaction between the three dimensions of economy, society and the environment. The objective of a green economy is the sustainable use and management of limited resources. Green economy does not imply a general restriction of economic growth but a re-direction of it.
However, the absence of adequate regulatory and legal frame conditions hampers the development of a “green” sector in many countries of the MENA region.
On the other hand, there have been promising cases where adaptations of the supply-chain-management and product design have started to contribute to the long-term vision of establishing a circular global economy in which the use of materials and generation of waste are minimized Throughout the month of April our section “Theme of the Month” will inform you about some of these good practices in the field of Green Economy. SWEEP-Net members from different fields present their approaches, expertise and experiences.
We would welcome your contribution with own experiences, good practices or even your suggestions and recommendations to the presented cases. Please contact us at


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