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Los Angeles Recycling Develops Recycling Jobs

The Chrysalis program recycles CRV beverage containers, glass, plastic and aluminum bottles, newspaper, office paper and cardboard for public places and companies.

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Green services and systems must be in place before people will take green steps... that's just common sense. But getting those systems into place is a challenge. One Los Angeles based nonprofit has put together a system that can be expanded and replicated to boost public recycling efforts.

Chrysalis Develops Green Jobs and Trains Green Workers

Chrysalis provides critical employment services to nearly 2,500 homeless and economically disadvantaged individuals annually through its service centers in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica and in the San Fernando Valley where poverty is the most pervasive.

Chrysalis Recycling

Chrysalis Enterprises, a division of the nonprofit organization, has launched Chrysalis Recycling that includes the first public recycling bins in the City of Los Angeles and will provide paths out of poverty for hundreds of men and women every year.

Chrysalis Recycling Provides Venice Boardwalk Recycling Bins

Chrysalis clients service the containers, located on the sidewalks of the Venice Beach boardwalk and at medium-sized businesses located in the city of Los Angeles that currently do not have recycling available.

Los Angeles Recycling Develops Green Jobs

"We are expanding Chrysalis Enterprises to include Chrysalis Recycling, which provides the first public recycling containers in Los Angeles and medium sized companies," said Mark Loranger, Vice President of Chrysalis Enterprises.

Recycling Collects Recyclable Tonnage

Chrysalis Recycling currently collects 11 tons of recyclable material in the city of Los Angeles each month – a significant reduction in waste when considering that one ton represents more than 62,000 cans or approximately 36,000 plastic water bottles. The green jobs developed provide several solutions: the recycling system reduces landfill waste, provides a resource for businesses and creates jobs for economically disadvantaged residents.

Los Angeles Recycling Reduces Waste Disposal Costs and Landfill Problems

Chrysalis Recycling represents a unique opportunity for businesses to reduce waste-disposal costs and help the environment while simultaneously taking an active role in innovative, creative solutions to helping economically disadvantaged and homeless individuals become self-sufficient through transitional jobs.

Los Angeles companies using Chrysalis Recycling include the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Hamilton High School, the Palisades Post, and Pacific Electric Lofts in downtown.

Recycling Services for Businesses

The Chrysalis program recycles CRV beverage containers, glass, plastic and aluminum bottles, newspaper, office paper and cardboard.

In addition, Chrysalis Recycling provides easy-to-use collection receptacles, schedules regular pick-ups and distributes promotional materials to help businesses launch their own successful recycling program — all for a cost-effective fee.

To learn more about Chrysalis Recycling and how companies can help the environment while helping the men and women of Chrysalis change their lives through jobs, call (213) 806-6358.

Additional information about Chrysalis and Chrysalis Enterprises can be obtained from the company's web sites at and

About Chrysalis

Chrysalis offers services ranging from job-preparation classes and one-on-one mentoring to material assistance such as interview clothing, bus tokens, and access to phones, computers, and fax machines.

For those with the most barriers to employment, Chrysalis Enterprises provides nearly 1,000 individuals each year with temporary apprenticeships through its business divisions such as Chrysalis Recycling. These programs help individuals develop their skills and gain work experience that will eventually help them secure a job in the private sector. Additionally, this innovative work program generates almost 60% of Chrysalis’ operating budget.

Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
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