A EUROPEAN Commission report has tried to give local authorities an insight into how environmental policy can impact on the job market, dismissing claims that tighter rules destroy jobs. Instead, says the report, the effect is broadly neutral with expenditure on waste management generating direct employment in specialised waste management firms and other companies. The "Employment Effects of Waste Management" says that the EU's proposed electronic goods recycling directive could create 2,800 EU jobs in the recycling industry itself and among ...

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