The State Economic Development Department recently completed a study on clean tech jobs in California, and the preliminary results show that shows AB 32 and recycling are driving green jobs growth. Currently, there are 500,000 jobs in the green jobs sector, which 3.8% of California's total employment. A quarter of these green jobs (approximately 125,000) can be attributed to recycling (including employees at recycling centers and manufacturers who produce products from secondary materials).
The study also found that companies listed recycling and using recycled products as their top sustainable business practice, citing it is environmentally beneficial and cost saving to being sustainable. There is room for improvement, however, with many businesses identifying a need to target waste minimization efforts.