Recycling programs on their own do good for the environment and for society but these for-purpose waste management mechanisms go a step further. For instance, Bulky Bob's offers training to the unemployed and the under-employed, many of whom, after they go through that program, end up entering the permanent workforce. While Bulky Bob is based in the United Kingdom, Waste Concern is a social business based in Bangladesh that utilizes waste to create organic fertilizer for farmers in the country.
Other for-purpose waste management programs are a bit more flashy. For instance, Bombastic Plastix offers supercycled Balian accessories made of plastic bags. They make of the joke of calling their recycled products "garbage" -- and that's not a bad marketing hitch.
Supercycled Balian Accessories to Job-Creating Companies
Spring-Ready Sneaker Collections
Nike Has Added the 'Air Max 90' to Its 'Air Sprung Collection'
Waste Management Training
Bulky Bob's Collects and Recycled Unwanted Household Goods
Job-Creating Recycling Programs
Bangladesh's 'Waste Concern' is an Eco Social Business with Bite
Poverty-Eradicating Furniture Companies
The FRC Group Runs Commercial Businesses That Give Back
Decentralized Waste Management Solutions
'Sampurn(e)arth' Works in Mumbai to Engage Waste-Pickers
Safe Trash Enterprises
Waste Ventures Incubates and Empowers Garbage Collectors
Social Change Investments
The Ethical Property Company Provides Affordable Offices
Supercycled Balian Accessories
Bombastic Plastix is a Social Business Creating Good out of Garbage
Upcycled Rugby Balls
The TOUCH Initiative Recycles Garbage while Creating Jobs