A group of manufacturers are asking Gov. Pat McCrory and the legislature to restore funding to the state's recycling office and Solid Waste Trust Fund.
The manufacturers said the cut may save money but would “result in serious blows to the manufacturing base of tomorrow.''
“It's easy to understand that recycling saves trees and landfill space,” the industry said in a statement. “But recycling is as much about the economy as it is the environment. The modern manufacturing base depends on today's reclyclables to make tomorrow's consumer goods,a nd in turn creates something else the economy sorely needs: jobs.''
This year, 43 North Carolina companies will receive a total of $1.1 million in grant money through ENR's Recycling Business Assistance Center. The agency anticipates those grands will crate more than 240 jobs and generate $22.9 million in new capital investment. The proposed state budget would stop those investments.
Recycling creates a $400 million annual payroll in the state providing a livelihood for 15,000 jobs, according to the industry.