Demontage- und Recycling-Zentrum

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Recycling has taken off in Europe in recent times, but when you couple it with social integration and job creation, you have a recipe for success. This is what an ESF-sponsored project in Austria has done. The ‘Demontage- und Recycling-Zentrum’ (DRZ) is a place where the long-term unemployed and people with disabilities can be reintegrated into the job market. After eight weeks of training they can be employed for up to nine months. Participants have to be between 18-60 years of age and be a registered long-term unemployed person in Vienna, or at least 50% disabled. The work involves removing pollutants from discarded electronic goods to avoid further environmental damage. The parts are then recycled to be used as components in other devices.