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Of all the activities to improve the environment, none are more prevalent or well-established than recycling. Recycling is a simple everyday way to contribute to the global cleanup effort – and hey, on this one, the libertarian capitalist types can have it all: The recycling industry generates over $13.2 billion dollars from tax revenue alone and accounts for $117 billion to the US economy – full-on 0.63% of the total national GDP.

Certain aspects of America’s recycling industry are worth duplicating in other areas of a Green New Deal program. The infrastructure, organization and – let’s face it ­– the revenue stream of this industry are certainly envy-inducing to those working in near-ground floor levels in areas like carbon capture technology or natural disaster first-response.

And the modern recycling industry is admirable for its deployment of a guiding philosophical principle and a model for the goal of every consumable under the auspices of the Green New Deal, i.e. that reuse of material resources is not only good but can also benefit significant numbers of people.

How significant? The often-cited US Recycling Information (REI) study of 2016 estimated that some 1.25 million, or 0.83% of the US’s total 151 million employed in the country that year, worked directly or peripherally within the recycling industry. That 1.25 million was quite the significant uptick from the 757,000 reported employed by the REI study of 2007.

The point here is that recycling in the US, Canada and Europe is wide-ranging, fiscally prudent and growing steadily; it’s a crucial factor in both environmental cleanup and economic stability in a world with a Green New Deal.

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