National Report Highlights Milwaukee’s Opportunity to Create Hundreds of Good Jobs in the Waste and Recycling Industry

Study Shows A Planned City of Milwaukee/Waukesha County Joint Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) Could Become a Catalytic Project Anchoring the Creation of Hundreds of Good Jobs in Recycling Reliant Industries

Tomorrow, July 17 at 11:30 AM,  Citizen Action of Wisconsin will host a media call to discuss a new report, Transforming Trash in Urban America, which shows that a proactive, forward thinking approach to waste management will lead to more good jobs and a cleaner environment. The study analyzes the recycling programs of Milwaukee and 37 other cities.

The report, co-released by the Partnership for Working Families and Citizen Action of Wisconsin, demonstrates that creating jobs and slowing climate change through a new approach to waste management is both possible and urgent for rust-belt cities like Milwaukee.

The report release is particularly timely as the City of Milwaukee and Waukesha County are preparing to release a Request For Proposals (RFP) to operate a new joint Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). The report finds Milwaukee has a historic opportunity to move Milwaukee toward a zero-waste future while developing a new recycling-reliant sector of our economy that creates much needed middle class jobs. On the call, community leaders will discuss the MRF opportunity in context of the 37 other cities analyzed in the report.  

WHAT: Media call to release report on job creation potential of joint City of Milwaukee / Waukesha County Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)
WHEN: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 11:30 AM
WHERE: Media call-in number: 213-416-1560; Participant access code: 276 035 744
WHO: Sebrina Owens-Wilson, Research & Policy Associate - The Partnership for Working Families
Jennifer Epps-Addison, Economic Justice Director - Citizen Action of Wisconsin
Pam Fendt, Research Manager - Great Lakes Region Organizing Committee of the Laborers' Union in Wisconsin & City of Milwaukee Green Team Member
Damon Dorsey, Board President - Milwaukee Regional Economic Partnership
Michael Wilder, Director - African-American Roundtable

For more information about media call or to get involved in helping Citizen Action on this important issue contact: jen.epps@citizenactionwi.org

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