California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Local Government Library: Economics and Environmental Benefits

Guidelines for Use of the Presentation on Economics and the Environment

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has developed these guidelines on how to use the PowerPoint presentation for economics and the environment, including tips on how to customize the presentation for your local jurisdiction.

Who Should Show the Presentation?

  • Integrated Waste Management Act (IWMA)/Recycling Coordinators.
  • Solid Waste Managers.
  • Local Planners/Economic Developers.
  • Public Works Directors.

Who Should See the Presentation?

  • City Councils.
  • City Managers/Administrators.
  • Boards of Supervisors and County Executive Officers.
  • Solid Waste Department Heads.
  • Solid Waste Advisory Committees/IWMA Local Task Forces.

When Should the Presentation Be Used?

  • When preparing, analyzing or proposing budgets.
  • When educating policymakers or orienting new board/commission members.
  • When making grant requests.
  • When explaining the State’s disposal reduction IWMA mandate.
  • When proposing new programs.

How Can the Presentation Help You?

The presentation explains the brochure entitled, Recycling: Good for the Environment/Good for the Economy. It was designed to help support your efforts to implement diversion programs and to maintain your existing waste prevention, reuse, recycling and composting programs. Specifically, the brochure can be used to:

  • Counteract the tendency of local decision-makers to cut funding for recycling and market development programs, when local budgets are tight, because recycling's environmental benefits may not be readily apparent. Local jurisdictions can do more to create jobs and generate tax revenue by maintaining or enhancing local recycling/diversion programs, than by reducing or eliminating those programs.
  • Keep public and private recyclers, and local jurisdictions diverting material, at and beyond California’s 50 percent waste disposal reduction mandate.
  • Protect the flow of recycled feedstock to processors and manufacturers, and to protect the waste management industry’s capital investment in recycling and composting infrastructure.
  • Persuade lenders to treat the recycling industry like any other. Recycling is good for the local economy, as well as the environment.
  • Convince economic developers of the significance of this manufacturing sector. Recycling creates twice as many jobs as disposal, while helping to keep the land, air, and water clean, and saving valuable energy.

What is the Presentation’s Overall Message?

Local jurisdictions can do more to create jobs and generate tax revenue by maintaining or enhancing local recycling/diversion programs, than by reducing or eliminating those programs.

Recycling is good for the local economy, as we’ll as the environment. Recycling creates twice as many jobs as disposal, while helping to keep the land, air and water clean, and saving valuable energy.

What Can You Do to Make the Presentation Most Effective?

1. Personalize the presentation.

  1. Modify the slides to show local benefits or businesses.
  2. Invite local businesses to share their experiences.
    (CalRecycle’s local assistance staff may be able to help you gather local data or locate local businesses.)
  3. If appropriate, choose a Recycling Market Development Zones (RMDZ) case study video that fits your local situation.

2. Use other available resources

  1. The local assistance staff can provide you with copies of the brochure or you may request staff assistance.
  2. CalRecycle publication Diversion is Good for the Economy: Highlights from Two Independent Studies on the Economic Impacts of Diversion in California. This publication is a summary of two CalRecycle sponsored studies presenting data designed to assess the economic impact of diversion.

3. Give us feedback after your presentation

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Last updated: November 28, 2005
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