866 jobs created thanks to Ecoembes and Fundación la ”Caixa” partnership in “Recycling to Change Lives” programme

This morning, Ecoembes and Fundación ”la Caixa” held a virtual event on “Recycling to change lives”, a project for social inclusion and green jobs the two entities are promoting to provide second opportunities for groups of people at risk of exclusion. Through this project, Ecoembes and Fundación ”la Caixa” provide training in sustainability and waste management to victims of domestic violence, the long-term unemployed, people who have been in prison and unemployed young people, amongst others, with a view to helping them re-enter the labour market.   


Thanks to the efforts of the two entities since entering into the alliance in 2017, and those of a large network of collaborators –36 companies–, 866 vulnerable people have obtained jobs and a new opportunity to emerge from their previous circumstances, 230 of them in 2020, despite COVID-19. One of these people is Isabel Vela, a project participant, who says “apart from the improved financial situation associated with finding a job –which is of huge importance, because I can now support my family–, this programme has given me a second opportunity that has completely changed my life”.

“Recycling to save lives”: 6 years of second opportunities

This inclusive employment project was initiated six years ago by Ecoembes for the purpose of helping those whose employment prospects were reduced as a result of social circumstances. In addition to the long-term unemployed, victims of domestic violence and other vulnerable groups, “Recycling to Change Lives” also offers training in waste management to former prisoners, thanks to cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior through penitentiary institutions.