With REVALUO, the creation of new jobs entails more than 150 direct jobs per plant, in the smallest module alone. In fact, in the world, more than 15 million people make their living from the informal waste management sector. For instance, in China’s urban centers alone, the informal recycling sector involves between 3.3 and 5.6 million people. Besides that, waste-pickers also have a significant impact on the country’s economy. For example, in Mumbai, Jakarta, and Buenos Aires, they estimate that waste pickers generate more than USD 880 million annually. With our WtE system, we could integrate all of those people who depend on the informal recycling sector, improve the efficiency of waste management in the country and generate wealth.
The waste management sector as a source of employment
The World Bank, What a Waste 2.0 (2018), highlights the importance of formalizing the waste management sector to create employment in developing countries. Also, to improve business competitiveness, reduce poverty, as well as municipal spending on waste management and social services.
It is worth mentioning that, according to UN-Habitat, waste-pickers usually collect between 50 and 100% of the garbage in these cities. Moreover, at no cost to the municipalities. Therefore, formalizing the sector could improve the lives of these people and integrate them into society. For example, in the Recuperar cooperative in Medellin, Colombia, workers earn 1.5 times the minimum wage. They can receive loans from the cooperative, have access to public health systems, accident insurance, and access to scholarships.
What job positions can we create with REVALUO?
REVALUO is our low-carbon waste-to-energy system. In our facilities, we sort and process municipal solid waste (MSW) and store the various by-products obtained. Therefore, the creation of new jobs with REVALUO involves multiple facets. These go from transportation, monitoring, and maintenance systems to personnel for waste sorting. Among the personnel required, we find:
- Security staff
- Entry/exit and load control.
- Transport of waste to sorting areas.
- Transport of recovered products to the storage area.
- Internal and operations management.
- Personnel for the sorting area.
- Maintenance and assistants in each of the processes.
- Plant administration and purchasing managers.
- Commercial team to market the different by-products produced.
- Plant manager and assistant managers.