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Recycling Indus try Yearbook

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.

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The

2017 Recycling Industry Yearbook

is designed to provide

the most up-to-date information and statistics about the U.S.

scrap industry and global scrap marketplace. In addition, it

aims to provide readers with a clearer understanding of what

the scrap industry actually is and how it works, along with

the tremendous economic, environmental, energy, and trade

benefits the industry generates globally.

Despite the continued macroeconomic and industry-specific

challenges faced in 2016, preliminary trade data indicate

more than 160 million tons of scrap worth more than $70

billion were exported globally, according to data from the

United Nations Comtrade database. U.S. scrap recyclers

processed approximately 130 million tons of scrap metal,

paper, plastics, electronics, textiles, glass, and rubber last year,

creating significant energy savings, reducing greenhouse

gas emissions, saving natural resources, and limiting the

amount of material that would otherwise be sent to landfills.

In addition to these critical environmental benefits, the scrap

recycling industry also provides much needed support to the

U.S. economy and trade balance.

The United States exported more than 37 million metric tons

of scrap commodities valued at $16.5 billion to 155 countries

around the world in 2016. Independent research conducted by

John Dunham & Associates confirms that in the United States,

the scrap recycling industry directly and indirectly supports

more than 534,000 well-paying jobs while generating nearly

$117 billion in economic activity and $13.2 billion in federal,

state, and local tax revenue.

In addition to providing an overview of the U.S. scrap industry,

the

2017 Recycling Industry Yearbook

also describes what we

mean when we’re talking about scrap (hint: it’s not waste),

where scrap comes from, how it gets processed, and who

uses it. In addition, the 2017 Yearbook contains updated and

expanded information on nearly every aspect of the global

industry. For more information about ISRI and the global scrap

recycling industry, visit the ISRI website at

ISRI.org

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