Women at risk of exclusion make their way in the waste sector. They now account for 38% of workers hired through the Ecoembes social inclusion programme ‘Recycling to change lives’

 Isabel Vela, una de las mujeres que ha conseguido empleo en la cadena de reciclaje a través del programa
Isabel Vela, una de las mujeres que ha conseguido empleo en la cadena de reciclaje a través del programa "Reciclar para cambiar vidas"

The Ecoembes social inclusion programme “Recycling to change lives” seeks to achieve equal opportunities for men and women in the world of work. In the last three years, the number of women at risk of social exclusion hired through this programme has increased by 17%. “It is a sector that women fall in love with and one that many wish to form part of”, says Isabel Vela, one of the women who has come through the “Recycling to change lives” programme.

Equal opportunities for women and men is one of the great aspirations of Spanish society. To achieve this, equal opportunities in the workplace is essential and this takes on even greater importance when women are also at risk of social exclusion.

“Recycling to Change Lives” is a project which, through training, seeks to find employment in the waste and recycling sector for vulnerable groups. The project seeks to promote the presence of women and give them new opportunities in the world of work.

Thanks to this programme, implemented by Ecoembes, the non-profit environmental organisation that coordinates the packaging recycling sector in Spain and enjoys the collaboration of 450 other social organisations and companies, vulnerable women are making their way into the waste sector. They now account for 38% of the more than 1,100 new recruits in this programme, a percentage that has increased by 17 points in the last three years

Isabel Vela is amongst the women who have obtained employment in the recycling chain through this programme and she points out that “When I was part of this project, I felt recycled and, to this day, I am still eager to continue growing and progressing in the recycling and waste sector. This programme does a great job with people who are going through hard times and need to find an escape route to move forward”. And she also takes the opportunity to highlight the importance of promoting female profiles in this type of job: “It is a sector that women fall in love with and one that many wish to form part of”.