December 5, 2008
Gershow Recycling: Providing "Green Jobs”
for More Than 40 Years
In his November 21 speech, President-Elect Barack Obama announced a bold economic recovery plan to create 2.5 million jobs by January 2011. Some of those jobs would be "green jobs,” such as building wind farms and solar panels, fuel-efficient cars and alternative energy technologies. But to Gershow Recycling, this is nothing new.
Since 1964, Gershow Recycling has been the leader in recycling of scrap metal, and the creation of "green jobs” in the community. Kevin Gershowitz, President, Gershow Recycling, believes that recycling should be part of this new job creation effort, and that Long Island — as well as other areas in the U.S. — should do its part to develop new technologies to allow more and more waste to be recycled, reused and converted into new sources of energy.
In what started as a two-man operation 44 years ago, Gershow has generated more than 750 jobs with operations in six different locations on Long Island. Gershow is not only a leader in recycling, but an integral part of a $71 billion nationwide industry which employs 50,000 people.
Recycling is integral to our nation’s future energy independence. Locally, Gershow recycles enough cars to stretch from New York to North Carolina. For each car that is recycled:
Four tons of greenhouse gases, that diminish our air quality, are not produced.
2,500 lbs of virgin iron ore, 1,400 lbs of coal and 120 lbs of limestone is conserved and not used.
It takes less energy to make steel with recycled steel compared to virgin products. This energy savings per car is 61 million BTUs of energy, or 10.5 barrels of oil, or 510 gallons of gasoline.
Gershow also recycles cardboard and paper products, which also helps the environment, Mr. Gershowitz states. Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees, 79 gallons of oil, and 7,000 gallons of water and 3.3 cubic yards of landfill.
"I applaud the President-elect’s emphasis on this issue, and I hope that, as a nation, we finally get serious about creating more ‘green’ jobs on our way to preserving our environment and establishing energy independence,” Mr. Gershowitz said.